Not All Oaths Have Meaning

Originally, billed as the GOP-elite’s best idea to stop Donald Trump from being nominated, worrying he’d take his supporters and run as an independent, harming GOP efforts to win against Hillary Clinton. Nothing like a plan back-firing on its planners; I mean it isn’t all that shock that it failed, given that all the Progressive minds that supported this stupid idea.

After all, it is a ‘means nothing’ kind of oath:

“I [name] affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is. I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.”

Now, here’s an oath that means something:

“I, [name] do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the Officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God!”

And it has no expiration date.

‘Best Practices’ and ‘Collaboration’

A confidential Department of Justice (DOJ) memo, released February 5, 2013, says the federal government can kill an American citizen if it’s believed they are a “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” — even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S. The 16-page memo provides new details about the legal reasoning behind strikes against al-Qaida suspects abroad, including those aimed at American citizens including Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, who were both U.S. citizens and never indicted or charged with any crimes.

The memo, filled with words like ‘best practices,’ and collaboration,’ also eliminates the barriers of “geographic limitations,” and asserts the ability to “follow” the target to “a new nation.” That leaves the entire world as the battlefield, including the United States.

Couple this to the fact that the Department of Homeland Security laid the foundation on April 7, 2009 on whom it considers a terrorist. These so-called “terrorists’ include anyone who is concerned about illegal immigration, abortion, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms and veterans.

Even more nefarious is the ‘Strong Cities Network,’ which was introduced by the DOJ on September 28, 2015 in a press release, that also uses ‘best practices,’ and collaboration,’ the federal government has joined with a U.N. supported international law enforcement coalition for the claimed purpose of “strengthen[ing] community resilience against violent extremism.” Essentially, the ‘Strong Cities Network’ has the potential to grow into something complete with laws that are both foreign and adverse to the U.S. Constitution.

Now add to the mix the July 1, 2016 Executive Order, titled, “Executive Order — United States Policy on Pre- and Post-Strike Measures to Address Civilian Casualties in U.S. Operations Involving the Use of Force.” And while the title seems innocuous, the language of the order is broad and vague, though it too uses ‘best practices,’ and collaboration,’ freely.

But what is most striking is that this order makes no distinction between military operations “against terrorist targets outside areas of active hostilities,” and U.S. soil. The circle fully closes once the memo of February 2013 is taken into consideration; leading to the fact that all one has to do to wind-up dead is threaten “the Nation’s inherent right of self-defense…”

The Fourth Amendment Survives Another Attack

A federal judge has thrown out evidence obtained illegally through the use of a device known as a “Stingray,” “Hailstorm,’ or “Triggerfish.” The device acts by tricking cell phones in a certain range to show their location; it does this by acting as a cell phone tower.

U.S. District Judge William Pauley ruled Tuesday that defendant Raymond Lambis’ rights were violated when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration used it without a warrant to find his apartment, writing, “Absent a search warrant, the government may not turn a citizen’s cell phone into a tracking device.”

“Here, the use of the cell-site simulator to obtain more precise information about the target phone’s location was not contemplated by the original warrant application,” the judge added. “If the Government had wished to use a cell-site simulator, it could have obtained a warrant.”

Under the Fourth Amendment, prosecutors must show probable cause to a judge to support specific things and persons to be searched that will show evidence of a crime. In the 1928 case of Olmstead vs. the U.S., Justice Louis Brandeis issued a warning about advances in technology, and how they would be used by the government to violate our right of privacy:

“The progress of science in furnishing the Government with means of espionage is not likely to stop with wiretapping. Ways may someday be developed by which the Government, without removing papers from secret drawers, can reproduce them in court, and by which it will be enabled to expose to a jury the most intimate occurrences of the home…”

The Democratic Party’s 2016 Political Platform is Set

The Democratic National Committee has written its most Progressive policy agenda in modern history. Their platform includes language on breaking up “too-big-to fail” banks and reinstating a new version of the Glass-Steagall Act, which requires commercial banking and securities activities be separated.

They’re also calling for abolishing the death penalty; and fighting for a Constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizen’s United case, which barred the government from restricting political spending by nonprofit corporations. It also calls for the creation of a $15 per hour minimum wage, a price on carbon emissions and the complete decriminalization of marijuana.

The document also encourages the use of body cameras, the end of racial profiling, and requires the Department of Justice to investigate all questionable or suspicious police-involved shootings. What it doesn’t include is language that opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership or any other global initiative.

States Wrongly Sue Federal Government over Bathroom Ruling

Ten states have sued the federal government over rules requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms conforming to their gender identity, joining a dozen other states in the latest fight over LGBTQ rights. This is such a stupid move as the states already have supremacy over the federal government and  do not have to ‘ask permission’ to ignore this ruling.

All this does is feed into the federal elitist’s belief that they have supremacy over all the 50 states, which is contradictory to the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Where Sci-Fi and Reality Meet

My first thought: “Are you shitting me?!”

Dallas Police sent in a robot with an explosive attached to it to put an end to a stand-off between officers and a cop-killing sniper. The suspect remained holed up inside a parking garage for several hours before police “blast[ed] him out.”

“We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot and place a device on its extension for it to detonate where the suspect was,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said, “Other options would have exposed our officers in grave danger.”

This establishes a very dangerous precedent and it’s a guarantee that it’ll be modeled by other law enforcement agencies; including those within our federal government. We have slipped further into the dystopian future that science fiction authors once used to write about.

I mean what’s next? Armed drones patrolling our streets from above?

The Fourth Amendment Be Damned

The Hawthorne, California police weren’t happy that a man driving through a ‘sobriety checkpoint,’ on Sunday had rolled his window only three-quarters of the way down as he handed them his driver’s license. Nope, they wanted to show him who is in charge and demanded he roll it all the way down.

When the driver refused a California Highway Patrol officer called over a Hawthorne Police Lieutenant, who then accused the driver of not complying with “the rules of the checkpoint.” After ‘failing to comply’ for nearly 45 minutes, law enforcement officers ordered a tow truck driver to the car while the occupants remained inside.

Eventually, the driver, who showed no signs of impairment, ended his protest under arrest. The U.S. supreme Court ruled in 1990 that DUI checkpoints do not violate the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which reads:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

King George III would be so proud…

Compromising Our Liberties Away

One day after Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson claimed he had no knowledge of his agency’s scrubbing of intelligence deemed offensive to Muslims, House Republican leaders introduced a bill that would force the DHS to recognize the source of terrorist activity, name the threat directly and take action against it. House Speaker Paul Ryan said the bill would be on the House floor next week.

The new bill was introduced by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and includes language from a bill from House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul that would require DHS to create an assistant secretary position to fight radical Islamic terrorism in the U.S. It also includes a proposal from Congressman Ted Poe that would revoke U.S. passports from members or supporters of a designated foreign terrorist organization.

In a compromise with Democrats who are pushing for tougher gun measures, the bill also includes language from Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn that would allow the attorney general to delay the transfer of guns to people who are suspected terrorists. If it passes, this means the federal government would have three days to ‘make the case’ that a gun purchase should be delayed ‘without due-process.’

While he was writing about a tax dispute between the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Penn family, Benjamin Franklin’s 1755 quote, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety,” fits the coming situation to a tee.

Why We Celebrate Independence Day When We Do

Richard Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia proposed a three-step process of declaring independence and creating a confederation of States on June 7, 1776. By July 2, the Lee Resolution was brought to the Continental Congress, which established:

  1. Resolved, That these united Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.
  2. That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances.
  3. That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.

It was debated, voted on, and ratified into law.

Our States’ independence from Great Britain was not an act by a bunch of White, elite, rich men. It was a legally binding congressional act:

“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare…”

The following day, John Adams wrote his wife Abigail:

“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

The Declaration of Independence was published and publicly read on July 4, 1776, proclaiming what had taken place only two days before. It is because the date ‘July 4’ was on the handwritten document that we came to associate the date with our State’s independence.

It wasn’t until 1870 that Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.

Because ‘Nationalism’ has long been considered a ‘dirty’ word, we are in very real danger of having our history either totally rewritten or completely denied.

California’s ‘King of Gun Control’ Strikes Again

Jus’ in time for your Independence Day weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown scribbled his signature onto six more gun-control measures making them law, while vetoing five others.

One of the new laws includes ammunition purchasers undergo a background check and registered to a statewide database. He also signed into law banning the sale of semiautomatic rifles equipped with ‘bullet buttons’ allowing the ammunition magazines to be easily detached and replaced, a ban on possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets and the loaning of guns to non-family members of guns without a background check.

He also vetoed five other measures, including an expansion of the use of restraining orders to take guns from people deemed to be dangerous. He also nixed a bill that clarified that theft of a firearm is grand theft and is punishable as a felony, another that would have required those who make guns at home to register get a state-registered serial number so the weapons could be tracked, the requirement that stolen or lost guns to be reported within five days and one limiting Californians to buying only one rifle or shotgun per month.

And like a good little Progressive, the ‘Moonbeam’ signed the gun bills ahead of a European vacation and will be out of the country through August 1.

Justice Ignored is Justice Denied

One day after striking down a portion of a pro-life law in Texas the supreme Court has made a second anti-life decision. This time the court refused to hear an appeal from the Stormans family in Washington State who are challenging a state law forcing them to sell  abortion-causing drugs that violate their conscience as Christians.

In 2007, abortion activists convinced the Washington Board of Pharmacy to pass regulations that force pharmacists in the state to dispense abortion causing drugs and the state adopted a new law making referrals for reasons of conscience illegal. The bill was signed into law by then-Governor Christine Gregoire.

The family eventually filed a lawsuit against the state for violating their First Amendment rights. After a twelve-day trial, a federal court in February 2012 struck down the law as unconstitutional, finding “abundant evidence” that the law forced religious pharmacists and pharmacy owners to violate their faith.

But last July, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision, upholding the law. That resulted in a legal battle which made its way to the Supreme Court, but the court refused to take the case — making it so the law stands.

Justices Samuel Alito, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas, dissented from the denial, writing:

“[Yet] the Ninth Circuit held that the regulations do not violate the First Amendment, and this Court does not deem the case worthy of our time. If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern…”

So say your prayers – if you’re inclined – while there’s still time.

High Court Ruling Further Erodes Constitution

This past Monday, the supreme Court handed down a 6-2 ruling that a person convicted of ‎domestic abuse can lose their ‎Second Amendment right “to keep and bear arms.” The case, Voisine et al v. United States, involves two Maine residents, under state law a decade ago of committing domestic violence and later charged for violating federal law for owning guns.

The only justice who seemed to care about the Second Amendment was Justice Clarence Thomas and seeing that the case had Constitutional ramifications, he asked one of the prosecuting attorneys: “Ms. Eisenstein, just one question: can you give me — this is a misdemeanor violation, it suspends a constitutional right. Can you give me another area where a misdemeanor violation suspends a constitutional right?”

The question left Eisenstein stumped.

In the end, Thomas wrote in his dissenting opinion, “We treat no other constitutional right so cavalierly. At oral argument the Government could not identify any other fundamental constitutional right that a person could lose forever by a single conviction for an infraction punishable only by a fine.”

“I have little doubt that the majority would strike down an absolute ban on publishing by a person previously convicted of misdemeanor libel,” he added. “In construing the statute before us expansively so that causing a single minor reckless injury or offensive touching can lead someone to lose his right to bear arms forever, the Court continues to ‘relegat[e] the Second Amendment to a second-class right.’”

The supreme Courts’ decision not only validated the removal of Second Amendment protections, but it has now expanded the reasons for removing them as well.

Hillary Clinton Builds Legacy on American Deaths

The U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi released its final report comprising it’s of investigations and conclusions. It shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration was derelict in their duty to protect American diplomats and how the Obama administration contrived to misinform the public about the cause of the attack.

Despite all of this the Progressive media is crowing that the report has found no ‘new evidence’ of wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton. And worse yet, this woman could very well become our next President of the U.S.

Let’s go through the first 150 pages or so…

During deliberations within the State Department about whether and how to intervene in Libya in March 2011, Jake Sullivan listed the first goal as “avoid(ing) a failed state, particularly one in which al-Qaeda and other extremists might take safe haven.” (pg. 9)

Five of the 10 action items from the 7:30 PM White House meeting referenced the video, but no direct link or solid evidence existed connecting the attacks in Benghazi and the video at the time the meeting took place. The State Department senior officials at the meeting had access to eyewitness accounts to the attack in real-time.

The Diplomatic Security Command Center was in direct contact with the Diplomatic Security Agents on the ground in Benghazi and sent out multiple updates about the situation, including a “Terrorism Event Notification.” The State Department Watch Center had also notified Jake Sullivan and Cheryl Mills that it had set up a direct telephone line to Tripoli.

There was no mention of the video from the agents on the ground. Greg Hicks– one of the last people to talk to Chris Stevens before he died — said there was virtually no discussion about the video in Libya leading up to the attacks. (pg. 28)

The morning after the attacks, the National Security Council’s Deputy Spokesperson sent an email to nearly two dozen people from the White House, Defense Department, State Department, and intelligence community, stating: “Both the President and Secretary Clinton released statements this morning…Please refer to those for any comments for the time being. To ensure we are all in sync on messaging for the rest of the day, Ben Rhodes will host a conference call for USG communicators on this chain at 9:15 ET today.” (pg. 39)

Minutes before the President delivered his speech in the Rose Garden, Jake Sullivan wrote in an email to Ben Rhodes and others: “There was not really much violence in Egypt. And we are not saying that the violence in Libya erupted ‘over inflammatory videos.’” (pg. 44)

The CIA’s September 13, 2012, intelligence assessment was rife with errors. On the first page, there is a single mention of “the early stages of the protest” buried in one of the bullet points.

The article cited to support the mention of a protest in this instance was actually from September 4. In other words, the analysts used an article from a full week before the attacks to support the premise that a protest had occurred before the attack on September 11. (pg. 47)

According to Susan Rice, both Ben Rhodes and David Plouffe prepared her for her appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows following the attacks. Nobody from the FBI, Department of Defense, or CIA participated in her prep call.

While Rhodes testified Plouffe would “normally” appear on the Sunday show prep calls, Rice testified she did not recall Plouffe being on prior calls and did not understand why he was on the call in this instance. (pg.98)

A headline on the following page of the CIA’s September 13 intelligence assessment stated “Extremists Capitalized on Benghazi Protests,” but nothing in the actual text box supports that title. As it turns out, the title of the text box was supposed to be “Extremists Capitalized on Cairo Protests.”

That small but vital difference — from Cairo to Benghazi — had major implications in how people in the administration were able to message the attacks. (pg. 52)

The administration’s policy of no boots on the ground shaped the type of military assistance provided to State Department personnel in Libya. The Executive Secretariats for both the Defense Department and State Department exchanged communications outlining the diplomatic capacity in which the Defense Department SST security team members would serve, which included wearing civilian clothes so as not to offend the Libyans. (pg. 60)

When the State Department’s presence in Benghazi was extended in December 2012, senior officials from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security were excluded from the discussion. (pg. 74)

In February 2012, the lead Diplomatic Security Agent at Embassy Tripoli informed his counterpart in Benghazi that more DS agents would not be provided by decision makers, because “substantive reporting” was not Benghazi’s purpose. (pg. 77)

Emails indicate senior State Department officials, including Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, and Huma Abedin were preparing for a trip by the Secretary of State to Libya in October 2012. According to testimony, Chris Stevens wanted to have a “deliverable” for the Secretary for her trip to Libya, and that “deliverable” would be making the Mission in Benghazi a permanent Consulate. (pg. 96)

In August 2012 — roughly a month before the Benghazi attacks — security on the ground worsened significantly. Ambassador Stevens initially planned to travel to Benghazi in early August, but cancelled the trip “primarily for Ramadan/security reasons.” (pg. 99)

The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff typically would have participated in the White House meeting, but did not attend because he went home to host a dinner party for foreign dignitaries. (pg. 107)

With Ambassador Stevens missing, the White House convened a roughly two-hour meeting at 7:30 PM, which resulted in action items focused on a YouTube video, and others containing the phrases “(i)f any deployment is made,” and “Libya must agree to any deployment,” and “(w)ill not deploy until order comes to go to either Tripoli or Benghazi.” (pg. 115)

After Susan Rice’s Sunday show appearances, Jake Sullivan assured the Secretary of the State that Rice “wasn’t asked about whether we had any intel. But she did make clear our view that this started spontaneously and then evolved.” (pg. 128)

Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta bluntly told the committee “an intelligence failure” occurred with respect to Benghazi. Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell also acknowledged multiple times an intelligence failure did in fact occur before the Benghazi attacks. (pg. 129)

Susan Rice’s comments on the Sunday talk shows were met with shock and disbelief by State Department employees in Washington. The Senior Libya Desk Officer, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, wrote: “I think Rice was off the reservation on this one.”

The Deputy Director, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, responded: “Off the reservation on five networks!” The Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications, Bureau of Near East Affairs, State Department, wrote: “WH (White House) very worried about the politics. This was all their doing.” (pg. 132)

On the Sunday shows, Susan Rice stated the FBI had “already begun looking at all sorts of evidence” and “FBI has a lead in this investigation.” But on Monday, the Deputy Director, Office of Maghreb Affairs sent an email stating: “McDonough apparently told the SVTS (Secure Video Teleconference) group today that everyone was required to ‘shut their pieholes’ about the Benghazi attack in light of the FBI investigation, due to start tomorrow.” (pg. 135)

Despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began. (pg. 141)

The Libyan forces that evacuated Americans from the CIA Annex to the Benghazi airport was not affiliated with any of the militias the CIA or State Department had developed a relationship with during the prior 18 months. Instead, it was comprised of former Qadhafi loyalists who the U.S. had helped remove from power during the Libyan revolution. (pg. 144)

None of the relevant military forces met their required deployment timelines. (pg. 150.) Finally, a Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) sat on a plane in Rota, Spain, for three hours, and changed in and out of their uniforms four times. (pg. 154)

As I wrote on September 16, 2012: “A southern Nevada man is one of those killed in Libya during the Benghazi attack on the U.S. Embassy.  Tyrone Woods most recently lived in San Diego before moving to Henderson…” and sadly it seems everyone has forgotten those who died because of this administration’s dereliction of duty and building Hillary’s so-called ‘legacy,’ heading into 2016 presidential election cycle.

The High Court Side-steps the Real Argument

The U.S. supreme Court struck down one of the nation’s toughest restrictions on abortion, a Texas law that women’s groups and our Progressive media continue to claim, “would have forced more than three-quarters of the state’s clinics to shut down.” This is only a part of what the legal battle was over though.

There were two provisions of the law at issue and neither were over the direct closure of these so-called ‘health clinics.’ The first said that doctors had to have local admitting privileges at nearby hospitals; the second said clinics had to upgrade their facilities to hospital-like standards.

But Justice Stephen Breyer, who is so deeply ensconced in the fundamental destruction of the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. as a whole, couldn’t see his way clear to see these two provisions as he demonstrates in his majority opinion:

“We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes. Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a previability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the federal Constitution.”

Where in the U.S. Constitution does it state access to abortion is a right? It doesn’t!

We no longer have a supreme Court, instead it’s a bench filled with a rubber-stamping Progressive legislative body.

Seventy-five Things Bigger than Brexit

While the news about Brexit flooded across all the various news agencies, there is one news item that is more important and it is being completely ignored — the Associated Press discovered that Hillary Clinton held dozens of meetings with political donors and other operatives during her time as secretary of State and that they were left off of her official schedule.

Documents show at least 75 meetings with longtime backers of her political efforts, the Clinton Foundation and other interests that were not included on her official calendar or whose names were not disclosed. This includes at least 114 nongovernmental officials.

The AP found the so-called ‘discrepancies’ between Clinton’s schedule and her 1,500-page official calendar by comparing notes compiled by Clinton’s aides each day. The omissions won’t amount too much are an example of excessive secrecy and a questionable mix of government business with outside interests.

We already know Hillary Clinton was enriching her personal interests through things like donations from foreign governments; a $55 million State Department grant to a university which paid her husband $16 million; and Wall Street speeches, which she’s attempting keep private as well.

Now, these 75 off-the-record meetings show dealings with financiers and CEOs of major companies, as well as major political donors, who also lobbied the government and donated to Clinton’s personal interests. This misuse of her political position to line her many pant-suit pockets should disgust any American who is awake and still values integrity.

SCOTUS Sets Obama’s Amnesty Legacy Back

The supreme Court did nothing to halt President Obama’s illegal amnesty push. The program would have shielded as many as five million illegal aliens from deportation while allowing them to legally work in the U.S.

The case, United States v. Texas, No. 15-674, concerned a 2014 executive action by the president to allow as many as five million illegal’s who are the parents of citizens or of lawful permanent residents to apply for a program that would keep them from deportation and give them work permits. Texas Governor Greg Abbott called Obama’s action “an unauthorized abuse of presidential power that trampled the Constitution.”

In February 2015, Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the Federal District Court in Brownsville, Texas entered a preliminary injunction shutting down the program. The government appealed, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans affirmed the injunction.

In their briefs, Texas claimed that the president ‘had wide authority over immigration matters’, telling the justices that “the executive does have enforcement discretion to forbear from removing aliens on an individual basis.” Their problem, they argued, was with what they called a blanket grant of “lawful presence” to millions of illegals entitling them unfunded benefits.

But since the supreme Court split its opinion, the lower court opinion stands, which ought to mean the States have control over the enforcement immigration laws — specifically deportations. This would also mean the States are the only entities authorized to enforce the federally established Rules of Uniformed Naturalization.

This is all contingent on their operating constitutionally, which unfortunately, they don’t. And if the federal government operated constitutionally there would be no “exceptions” to the Uniformed Rules of Naturalization.

The solution is so simple: follow the U.S. Constitution word for word and quit trying to interpret it, forcing it to fit some agenda, as it is not a play-thing.

Where the Law Doesn’t Matter

Clark County Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Stefany Miley has denied a Las Vegas woman’s motion for a preliminary injunction after she received a one-year trespass notice from the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District as a result of openly carrying her .38-caliber pistol. Michelle Flores was given the notice at the Rainbow Library on March 16.

Her arrest lead to a meeting with Henderson Police officer Zane Simpson, and a couple of months later the Henderson library staff received a notification that read: “Generally, a person has the right to carry a gun openly, and he/she is not required to verify legal status with paperwork of any kind.”

Since then, Henderson Libraries has complied with the law. However they tried to argue that the district falls under NRS.265, which says a person shall not carry or have a dangerous weapon while on the property of the Nevada System of Higher Education, a private or public school or child care facility, or while in a vehicle of a private or public school or child care facility.

They found out they were wrong.

But not to be deterred, the district quickly changed the argument from the right to ‘open carry’ to ‘disruptive conduct.’ And yet, as the districts own lawyer admits, a security guard told Flores that she was not allowed to bring her firearm into the library upon return visits and furthermore, the trespass notice given to Flores by library staff did not state that as the reason for her one-year ban.

Despite all this, Judge Miley somehow concluded that the evidence indicated that the trespass notice was a result of her disruptive behavior agreeing with the library’s attorney who went on to claim about Nevada’s open carry gun law, “The law at issue applies to counties, towns and cities. This is a library district. It is not a city, it’s not a town, (and) it’s not a county.”

But according to the law, the district isn’t permitted to restrict the open carry of firearms as noted in part by Senate Bill 175, signed into law last year: “…expanding the rights and powers reserved for the Legislature relating to the regulation of firearms and ammunition; requiring the governing bodies of certain political subdivisions of this State to repeal certain ordinances and regulations; authorizing a person adversely affected by the enforcement of such an ordinance or regulation to seek declarative and injunctive relief and damages; providing that such a person is entitled to certain damages , which reserves the authority to regulate the possession of firearms solely to the state Legislature.”

Yet, somehow Judge Miley claims a simple posting on the library door reading, ‘firearms prohibited’ “clearly indicates” openly carried guns in a publicly funded building is unlawful and that such signage supersedes Nevada state law.

A Progressive is a Progressive is a Progressive

Senate Republicans say they’re going to bring a ‘compromise gun control bill’ to the floor, possibly by the end of this week. This comes after lawmakers defeated four gun-grabbing measures, each a knee-jerk response to the terrorist attack in Orlando, jus’ yesterday.

In fact, Progressive GOP Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged to hold a vote on legislation sponsored by fellow Progressive, GOP Senator Susan Collins.

“Essentially we believe if you are too dangerous to fly on an airplane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun,” Collins said.

It would authorize the federal government to block gun purchases by people who appear on the “no-fly” list or who are on a “selectee” list that requires them to receive extra scrutiny before flying. Collins’s bill uses a smaller list of 109,000 ‘suspected’ individuals and not the full terror watch list.

So, to hell with the U.S. Constitution and to hell with ‘due process,’ as the Senate continues to sacrifice our God-given liberty’s in order to keep ‘Americans us safe.’ If this passes, paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin, we deserve neither liberty not security.

The Truth About Harry ‘Assault Weapons’ Reid

In 2010 Senator Harry Reid received a lot of financial help from the NRA, in fact Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre came to Nevada to help Reid get reelected. And proving what sort of personal character he embodies – Reid has time and again done his best to distance himself from the organization – especially when it is politically expedient.

In fact, Reid attacked the NRA, the GOP and another gun-rights group in a speech shortly after the Orland terror attack:

“Yet in spite the public’s demand for action Senate Republicans continue to cower – cower before the NRA and the Gun Owners of America. The NRA is bad, really bad. Gun Owners of America is even worse than bad. These two organizations are competing — seeing just how extreme they can be in pushing for more guns and fewer protections,” Reid said.

What most people don’t know is that in 2009 Harry Reid was instrumental in building the largest gun park in the world under the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act, at a cost of $61,000,000 of taxpayer money — Clark County Shooting Complex. And while the Complex rents ‘assault weapons,’ they don’t describe them as such but rather as “rifles.”

One of the more their popular rentals is the Beretta ARX100, which is comparable to the AR-15, (that’s Armalite Rifle 15, not Assault Rifle 15.) They both shoot the same ammunition (.223) and can be loaded with a 30-round magazine.

From Beretta’s website: “This rifle was designed to be completely ambidextrous, and all the critical controls on it may be operated right- or left-handed. These include the 2-position safety, the magazine release, the bolt release and charging handle and the case-ejection selector, which determines whether spent brass is ejected to the right or left.

The flip-up backup sights that come standard on the ARX100 are also versatile, offering an easily-adjustable diopter system ranged from 100 to 800 yards. The barrel is also easily replaceable in seconds, making is possible to use different lengths and calibers without any tools required.

Lastly, the folding stock is adjustable for length of pull at the touch of a button, using a simple and rugged telescopic construction.”

As you can see, Harry Reid isn’t interested in stopping what he calls the ‘extreme’ activities of the two groups – rather it’s all about the money and the power.

Four Senate Gun Control Bills on Tap

The U.S. Senate plans to vote tomorrow on four gun-control bills as part of a Justice Department spending bill. This vote is so important to Progressives that Presidential candidate and current Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders will be casting his first Senate votes since January.

One bill from Senator John Cornyn would require that law enforcement be alerted when anyone on the terror watch list attempts to buy a weapon from a licensed dealer. If the buyer’s been investigated for terrorism within the past five years, the attorney general could block a sale for up to three days while a court reviews the sale.

Another popularly known as the “no-fly, no-buy” amendment from Senator Dianne Feinstein would allow the attorney general to deny a gun sale to anyone if she has a ‘reasonable belief’ that the buyer is likely to engage in terrorism. ‘Reasonable belief’ is a lesser standard than ‘probable cause.’

An amendment by Senator Chris Murphy would close the “gun show loophole” by requiring every gun purchaser to undergo a background check, and to expand the background check database. And finally, an amendment authored by Senator Chuck Grassley would make it more difficult to add mentally ill people to the background check database, giving people suspected of serious mental illness a process to challenge that determination.

All four bills must first gain at least 60 votes to overcome procedural hurdles before heading to debates and final votes. And lastly, to prove that the elites in Congress are hungry for more power and control, none of these four proposals would have stopped the Orlando terrorist from buying his weapons had they been in place – and it is even more doubtful that any of them will halt a future attack.

We are living in dangerous times, not only from possible terror, but also from further encroachment upon our God-given civil liberties.

We Are Governmental Slaves

The U.S. national debt has exceeded $19 trillion, more than $58,000 for each person who lives in the U.S. today including children. The main culprit behind the rising deficits and debt is growing federal spending — especially among Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare.

Furthermore, the Congressional Budget Office projects that outlays will grow from $3.7 trillion to $6.4 trillion in 2026. Moreover, spending growth’s expected to outpace economic growth, growing from 20.7 percent of gross domestic product to 23.1 percent of GDP by 2026.

Deficits will reach the trillion-dollar level by 2022 and continue growing from there. In total, the federal government’s projected to rack up an additional $9.4 trillion in deficit spending over the next decade and that the debt will be $26.3 trillion by the end of the decade.

We Now Have One Party Rule

Here’s why I keep saying that there is no difference between the Republican Party and the Democrats. House Speaker Paul Ryan told the HuffPo regarding Donald Trump’s claim that he’d ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.:

“That’s a legal question that there’s a good debate about. On the broader question, are we going to exert our Article I powers and reclaim this Article I power no matter who the president is? Absolutely, I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers.”

Oddly – though he claims he would sue ‘any president,’ — he has yet to ‘sue’ President Obama with regard to his federal overreach. Unfortunately, it seems more and more that we have a one party ruling class — and then we have Trump.

There are at least 76 times Obama has unlawfully overreached his executive powers, so we’re waiting Mr. Speaker for you to act.

The Wall in Between

The man, who killed 49 Americans at a Orlando nightclub, came from a network of radical mosques shielded from federal investigators. FBI agents were helpless to stop the terrorist because of constraints imposed on them by the Obama administration.

Since 2012, Department of Homeland Security has routinely shut down investigations over concerns for the civil rights of the individuals or organizations. These restrictions were officially published in “The FBI Guiding Principles: Touchstone Document on Training.”

The guidelines say:

“Extremist speech rarely is [consequential enough for an investigation] unless it incites imminent lawless activity or constitutes a true threat…”

“FBI training must emphasize the protection of civil rights and civil liberties … [a suspects’s] mere association with organizations that demonstrate both legitimate (advocacy) and illicit (violent extremism) objectives should not automatically result in a determination that the associated individual is acting in furtherance of the organization’s illicit objective(s)…”

“[FBI] Training must focus on behavioral indicators that have a potential nexus to terrorist or criminal activity, while making clear that religious expression, protest activity, and the espousing of political or ideological beliefs are constitutionally protected activities that must not be equated with terrorism or criminality absent other indicia of such offenses…”

“Relevant training material and feedback must be solicited from other agencies or FBI audiences who have received training, and when feasible, feedback should be solicited from knowledgeable community partners [including Islamic political groups].”

Along with the guidelines, officials purged the words “jihad,” “Muslim,” “Islam,” “caliphate,” “Muslim Brotherhood,” “al Qaeda” and “Shariah.” This all began in 2009 when officials decided to delete or change several hundred records of individuals tied to designated Islamist terror groups like Hamas from the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS.)

Officials also deleted 67 critical documents related to a Islamic terror network connected through a system of mosques throughout the U.S. linked. National security and law enforcement agencies were also ordered to reach out to Muslim political activists (like The Council on American–Islamic Relations or CAIR) and include them in the investigative process.

Meanwhile, President Obama continues to blame the ‘gun.’

Selling Our Security

Iran says it’s reached a deal to buy passenger planes from U.S. plane maker Boeing, contingent upon the approval of Congress.  Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company, with revenues expected to surge past $96 billion this year.

“Follow the money” is a common refrain about political activity and Boeing is a major GOP donor.  For the 2014 campaign cycle, the company gave about 60 percent of its whopping $3,250,000 in donations to the GOP

Republican leadership colluded with the White House and congressional Democrats to enact a law — the Corker-Cardin Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act — that guaranteed Obama would be authorized to lift sanctions against Iran. The rigged law authorizes President Obama to lift sanctions while blocking any resolution of congressional disapproval.

It is so fatiguing to watch the so-called ‘elite’ in Washington D.C. sell our nations security as they line their personal pockets.

Another Failed Gun Narrative

Once again the same-stream Progressive media’s got it wrong and as usual the anti-gunners swallow every drop of the pabulum that’s being spoon fed to the American public:

  • “AR-15 Rifle Used in Orlando Massacre Has Bloody Pedigree,” an NBC News headline reads.
  • “Orlando Shooting Puts Spotlight on AR-15 Rifle,” Newsweek declared.
  • The Washington Post offered, “The history of the AR-15, the weapon that had a hand in the United States’ worst mass shooting.”

The radical Islamic terrorist didn’t actually use an AR-15 to carry out the insidious at a gay nightclub that left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. He was armed with a Sig Sauer MCX carbine.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina initially described the weapon as an “AR-15-style assault rifle” but press outlets ran with the classification, dropping “style” from the description. This of course, will make no difference at all to the polimedia, who don’t particularly care about factual accuracy and who likely wouldn’t be able to tell an AR-15 from a toaster oven if their lives depended on it.

Where Are the Progressive Protestors?

Last June, a murderer walked into a Charleston South Carolina church and killed nine people. Shortly after photos began surfacing on the Internet of gunman with a Confederate flag.

Confederate flags were immediately pulled off store shelves and removed Internet retail sites. Progressives also began defacing statutes and other historic monuments, forcing some to be removed entirely.

So now, following the murders of 50 people at the hands of an American-born Islamic Jihadi, will those same Progressives begin calling for mosques to be torn down? Will they begin defacing them is the officialdom doesn’t move fast enough for them? Will there be protests and will they burn the ISIS flag? Will they protests at all?

Nope.

Instead Progressives are calling for ‘tolerance and understanding,’ thus proving once again that not all violent activities against American citizens are equal. It also goes to show that they don’t care about all peoples – only those that fit their agenda.

Black lives matter — but Gay lives — not so much to Progressives.

Understanding the Lord’s Prayer

As our Jewish friends around the nation celebrate Shavuot, I got to thinking about the Lord’s Prayer. It’s possibly the most well-known and recited set of verses in the bible and can be found in Matthew 6:9-13.

Unfortunately, it may also be the least understood set of verses as it’s offered up so often by memory. Rarely is it taught — especially in more formalized gatherings of the body of Christ — that the Lord’s Prayer is but a model demonstrating how we are to pray to our Heavenly Father.

“Our Father, who art in heaven” teaches us who to address in prayer. “Hallowed be thy name” calls us to respect and to humility, and is a reminder that we are to worship and revere God as he is holy.

“Thy kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as in heaven” reminds us to pray in alignment with Gods will and not jus’ our own selfish desires. “Give us this day our daily bread” encourages us to ask God to meet our daily needs and serves to remind us theat worry is an unnecessary action.

“And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us” reminds us to confess our wrongs to God and to also forgive others as we’ve been forgiven by God. And in conclusion to the Lord’s Prayer, “And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil” is a plea for help in achieving victory over our shortcomings, moral failures and against the evil that resides in this world.

Often this prayer is ended with an “Amen, which simply means meaning ‘so be it.’ Also, and though it is not believed to be a part of original biblical text, there are some denominations which add a short praise line known as a doxology, “For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.”

When Law Violates Law

“Any law which violates the inalienable rights of man is essentially unjust and tyrannical; it is not a law at all.” — Maximilien Robespierre

So goes Proposition 47, also known as the ‘Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act.’ It’s a referendum passed by voters of California in 2014.

It categorized several ‘nonviolent’ felonies into  misdemeanors. By the following year, San Diego’s police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, had come to describe Prop 47 as “a virtual get-out-of-jail-free card.”

She also expressed concern about the criminals who exploit Proposition 47 to commit crimes.

For example, one criminal in San Bernardino brought a calculator into a store to avoid stealing more than $950 worth of goods, while another man in Palm Springs was caught with a stolen gun valued at $625. Police reports show that when the arresting officer explained he would not be taken to jail but given a ticket he reacted, “But I had a gun. What is wrong with this country?”

Good question. Prop 47 does nothing to protect the owner of the property being stolen and that’s where “the inalienable right of man” is being violated.

Section 1 of the 14th Amendment reads in part, “…nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

You Are What You Eat

No doubt that at some point in your life you’ve heard someone say, “That baby is so cute I could eat them up.” Well, be careful what you wish for as a number of famous companies including Pepsi, Sanofi Pasteur, Nestle, Glaxo smithkline, Kraft, Amgen, Cadbury Adams, Genetech, Merck, Neocutis are working with California-based Semonyx using tissue from aborted babies to make flavor additives in processed foods and other products.

They include:

All Pepsi soft drinks
Sierra Mist soft drinks
Mountain Dew soft drinks
Mug root beer and other soft drinks
No Fear beverages
Ocean Spray beverages
Seattle’s Best Coffee
Tazo beverages
AMP Energy beverages
Aquafina water
Aquafina flavored beverages
DoubleShot energy beverages
Frappuccino beverages
Lipton tea and other beverages
Propel beverages
SoBe beverages
Gatorade beverages
Fiesta Miranda beverages
Tropicana juices and beverages
All coffee creamers
Maggi Brand instant soups, bouillon cubes, ketchups, sauces, seasoning, instant noodles
Black Jack chewing gum
Bubbaloo bubble gum
Bubblicious bubble gum
Chiclets
Clorets
Dentyne
Freshen Up Gum
Sour Cherry Gum
Sour Apple Gum
Stride
Trident
Sour Cherry Blasters
Fruit Mania
Bassett’s Liquorice
Maynards Wine Gum
Swedish Fish
Swedish Berries
Juicy Squirts
Original Gummies
Fuzzy Peach
Sour Chillers
Sour Patch Kids
Mini Fruit Gums
Certs breath mints
Halls Cough Drops
Bio-Gel Prevedem Journee
Bio-Serum Lumiere
Bio Restorative Skin Cream
MMR II
ProQuad
Varivax
Pentacel
Vaqta
Havrix
Twinrix
Zostavax
Imovax
Pulmozyme
Enbrel

And here you’ve been bitching about all the genetically modified foods introduced into our unsuspecting world. Welcome to ‘Soylent Green.”

My Challenge to Me

Recently, I issued a challenge to myself to post more patriotic items than news items on Facebook:

“Over the weekend, somewhere between a silly thousand foot water slide and the excessively loud roar of thundering motorbikes, I came to realize that we don’t need more ‘news feeds’ to worsen or moods — we need “feeds of patriotic encouragement.” And we need them from one another because neither the government nor the media can or will do it for us.”

Unfortunately, I forgot that patriotic fervor is useless when we don’t know or understand why we feel about our nation as we do. Such enthusiasm is nothing more than nationalism as those in the Progressive party like to express it.

That patriotic devotion that beats within your breast and mine is good for the nation – and bad for the Statist. The only way we can avoid this Progressive pitfall is through educating each other.

Not only must we know and understand our history beyond our founding documents and their authors, we must know what is happening in our lives now. If we study each at the same time, we are sure to see how we have slipped from our mantle of greatness into a debauched society.

Furthermore, we will see the narrow path and the wide gate which leads the way back to being that shining city on the hill once again.

The Battle for Nevada Cities

The U.S. Marines and Chinese forces faced off four months before the end of the Korean War in a battle that’s considered among of the bloodiest of the Korean War. For five days, beginning March 26, 1953, the Chinese army launched wave after wave of attacks on the Nevada Cities complex.

The complex included outposts named Vegas, Reno and Carson and were manned by elements of the 1st Marine Division. The complex got its name after Lieutenant Colonel Tony Caputa was overheard saying “it’s a gamble if we can hold them.”

A rifle platoon of 40 Marines and two Hospital Corpsmen manned each outpost. Over 250-yards of trench line surrounded each position, ranging from four to eight-feet in depth followed by two parallel lines of barbed wire laid beyond the trench works.

Earlier on the day of the 26th, and by chance, Marine tanks and artillery had been positioned along the Main Line of Resistance (MLR) to support an infantry raid to destroy Chinese bunkers scheduled for the next morning, designated “Operation Clambake.” The MLR in this case was the roughly along the same 38th Parallel, which separates South and North Koreas.

Small arms and machine gun fire erupted from the Chinese positions against the Marines’ position atop Vegas at 7 p.m. This was followed by 15 minutes of mortar and artillery fire on the Marines’ rear areas and supply routes along the MLR.

Ten minutes after attacking the rear area over 3,500 Chinese soldiers swarmed towards the three outposts. Marine artillery responded to the attacks, however overwhelming Chinese numbers forced the Marines to abandon Vegas’ outer ring of less easily defended trenches.

Within 40 minutes much of the communication between Vegas and 1st Battalion Command Post had been lost and by 7:50 p.m., more than 100 Chinese soldiers occupied the lower trenches of outpost Vegas. Finally, at 11:57 p.m., all communications was lost with Vegas and all the Marines still there were either killed or captured.

By the fifth hour of combat, the Chinese attack had been somewhat successful. They had captured Vegas and Reno and Marine reinforcements to those outposts had been thwarted, yet Carson was still controlled by the Marines.

Shortly after midnight of the 27th, the Marines made an effort to recapture Vegas, but the lead platoon only managed to get close enough to confirm that Vegas was in enemy hands and by three in the morning, the remaining Marine elements had fallen back to the MLR.

After the Marines abandoned their initial attempts to fight their way to Vegas, observation planes were sent in to direct fire for both ground artillery and Marine and U.S. Air Force aircraft. This fire began at nine a.m. and was directed at Chinese artillery located behind their front lines as well as Chinese fortifications atop Vegas.

This was followed shortly afterwards by an assault by the Marines; however, they never reached their objective, pulling back with only nine able-bodied Marines remaining. At the same time, a company of Marines found itself pinned down along the lower slopes of Vegas.

With the help of air support, it took the Marines four-hours to gain control of the lower slopes of Vegas. Thirteen minutes later the Marines had “gone over the top” of the outpost’s hill, gaining control by 1:22 p.m. and securing the outpost by 3 p.m.

That night, an hour or so before midnight, with more than 200 wounded Marines being treated at a makeshift hospital on the slope of Vegas, it was learned that the Chinese were gathering for massive charge. Armed with as many grenades as they could carry, wounded Marines threw the explosives down the slope slowing the Chinese attack.

For two more days the Chinese continued to try and take back Vegas. The attacks eventually came to a stop on March 30 as Marine artillery pounded Chinese positions.

The Battle for Nevada Cities was over.

In the end the Marines lost nearly 70-percent of their total strength with 1,015 casualties including those killed, missing or wounded. Chinese losses included over 6,500 killed, wounded and captured.

The Illegality of Running Mates

We no longer have an understanding of our electoral system and it has been like this since Dwight Eisenhower was in office. The 12th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution instructs us on how the vice-president is to have a separate election from the presidential election:

“The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and all persons voted for as Vice-President and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate.”

Instead, we now have both the office of president and the vice-president running on the same ticket as ‘running mates.’ This is further worsened by the very fact that the vice-presidential candidate’s selection isn’t through the electoral college,  but rather by a political party, which are actually a private corporations.

Georgiana Pomeroy’s Bible

Since I was in town, I stopped at local book store to have a look around. As I drifted aimlessly from one section to another, looking, pausing to pull an interesting looking tome from the shelf, I discovered a book that appeared out of place.

1875 Holly Bible 001

Upon a closer examination it was a Holy Bible tucked between two larger volumes on the history of World War II. The binding was stiff, so I opened it as gently a possible to have a look at the title page:

1875 Holly Bible 004

Continuing to leaf through it I also located an extremely faded inscription, written in leaded-pencil. The writing is a beautiful and delicate cursive, that is typical of previous generations and which reads:

1875 Holly Bible 002

Deeper still inside the bible, between the end of the Old Testament and the start of the New Testament, are two pages labeled with the heading of ‘Family Record.’ On each page are the subheadings, ‘Marriages,’ ‘Births,’ and ‘Deaths.’

Under the marriage subheading it reads:

1875 Holly Bible 005

Under births:

1875 Holly Bible 006

And finally, under deaths:

1875 Holly Bible 007

In the back of the Bible, on the insert is written in ink, the inscription:

001

An Internet search shows that Georgiana Pomeroy was born in 1862 in Canada. U.S census records show that between July 1870 and June 1880, she lived at 190 Curtis Street in Denver, Arapahoe County, Colorado, with her father Thomas, stepmother and brother Richard.

A 1904 book, edited by John Thomas Brown, states that Thomas was instrumental in the founding of the Central Christian Church of Denver in 1871. A year later, this church disbanded and the Church at Denver was formed two years later, again under the direction of Thomas.

Those services were held over a saloon and that necessitated a new sanctuary. By 1874, the church had built a new place of worship, complete with a baptistery.

It was there that on April 23, 1874, that the first baptisms within the Church at Denver took place – including “Miss Georgie Pomeroy,” Thomas’ daughter. The same book also mentions a “Mrs. Ann Pomeroy,” whose name is written in under deaths.

Still known as the Central Christian Church at Denver, this much-storied and historical ‘body of Christ’ can be found at 3690 Cherry Creek South Drive.  And you know I’d love to return this cherished bible to the family should they want it.

In the Spectrum

“It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.” — Revelation 13:16-17

For years we’ve allowed our pets to be microchipped through a massive program backed by a federal push. Oddly, the SPCA of Northern Nevada is next door to the Regional Emergency Operation Center on Spectrum Blvd., in Reno.

There is nothing nefarious about the two agencies being side-by-side – it’s simply an observation. However, the term ‘spectrum’ comes from the process of regulating the use of radio frequencies for ‘social benefit,’ and microchips are little more than a tiny radio transmitter.

A recent NBC News report is now promoting the idea that since microchipping our pets is a good idea, we should be doing it to our children as well. According to the report, they say that the public will accept microchips as easily as we accept bar codes on consumer items.

When bar codes first came out in the late 1960s, people were fearful of them because they didn’t understand how they worked, but now it’s so commonplace, we don’t even think about them as we shop. If history repeats, it will go from being technology adopted for its ‘convenience and safety’ to mandatory – or else.

Eleven States Sue the Federal Government

Eleven states are suing the federal government over the Obama administration’s directive for transgender students’ bathroom use. The order, telling schools to let students use bathrooms based on gender identity, runs “roughshod over common-sense policies protecting children,” according to the lawsuit.

The Justice Department said in 2014 that discrimination against transgender people was barred under federal laws that prevent discrimination based on sex. The administration has also pointed to a recent federal appeals court ruling in Richmond, Virginia that buttressed that view.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said the agency is reviewing the complaint, and added, “the federal government has strong legal foundations to uphold the civil rights of transgender Americans.”

The lawsuit is the latest front in a battle over the rights of transgender people, which erupted when North Carolina passed a law on March 23 requiring transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding with the sex on their birth certificate. North Carolina and the Obama administration then filed dueling lawsuits over the state’s bathroom law, in a legal case that may settle for good the question of whether the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects transgender people.

The states – including the eleven in this case — must stop asking the King’s Court for the authority to rule against the King! After all as the 10th Amendment clearly states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

We are a union of free and independent states and it is time our representatives started acting like it! It’s time to tell our King and his Court to go ‘pound sand.’

Principles Above Personality

Chris Kyle, the subject of ‘American Sniper’ is again being accused of embellishing his military record. According to ‘The Intercept’ (an online Progressive news site,) Kyle exaggerated the number of honors he received.

“All told,” Kyle wrote in his book, “I would end my career as a SEAL with two Silver Stars and five Bronze [Stars], all for valor.”

Murdered by a fellow military veteran after leaving the service, Kyle supposedly embellished his military record claims the report.  It goes on to say that during his 11 years of military service and four deployments, Kyle earned only one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars with Valor.

While I’m not looking to drag a true American hero’s name through the mud, this serves as a perfect example of why it is important to place principles above personality. Whether he did or didn’t exaggerate doesn’t matter – men and women are fallible while articles of faith, like the 10 Commandments, and natural law are not.

Legally, There is No Such Thing as a Federal Death Penalty

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will seek the death penalty for the suspect in the June 2015 Charleston Church Shootings. Dylann Roof is charged in the South Carolina attack that killed nine people.

“The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.

While I personally believe in the death penalty, it is not within the U.S. Constitutional authority of the DOJ.  That power is reserved in this case only to the state in which this crime was committed.

Reasonably Be Consumed

It is stuff like this leaves my blood boiling. In yet another federal overreach, we are seeing our God-given sovereignty and liberties eroded and not one federal representative has a single word to say against such encroachment.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Food and Drug Administration

21 CFR Part 10

Docket No. FDA-2004-N-0258 (formerly Docket No. 2004N-0456)

RIN 0910-AF23

Food Labeling: Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed At One Eating Occasion; Dual-Column Labeling; Updating, Modifying, and Establishing Certain Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed; Serving Size for Breath Mints; and Technical Amendments

AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is issuing a final rule to define a single-serving container; require dual-column labeling for certain containers; update, modify, and establish several reference amounts customarily consumed (RACCs); amend the label serving size for breath mints; and make technical amendments to various aspects of the serving size regulations. We are taking this action to provide consumers with more accurate and up to date information on serving sizes

DATES: Effective date: The final rule becomes effective on July 26, 2016.

Compliance date: The compliance date of this final rule is July 26, 2018, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales, and July 26, 2019, for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales. See Section IV, Effective and Compliance Dates, for more detail.

The federal government does not have the power nor the authority to make such rulings.  Regulations like these are far worse than those established by King George III which brought his subjugated colonies to war against Great Britain thus birthing the United States.  When shall we tire of this illegal and illegitimate federal monarchy and take back our rightful authority and power over it?

It is time for the state’s to say no to such overreaching. As for me — I shall eat until I’m full and should I desire — until I make myself ill and I will allow no federal monarchy to interfere in my private activities!

Slow Lines and Missed Flights to Cost Taxpayers

Back in September 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was accused of colluding to create traffic jams by closing lanes at a main toll plaza for the upper level of the George Washington Bridge. The same-stream Progressive media jumped on the story claiming the resulting lines of backed-up traffic were a result of a political vendetta.

However that same branch of the Progressive movement in the U.S. has yet to connect the dots between the recent refunding of one federal agency and the inconveniences it has caused over the past couple of years. This is because it doesn’t fit the narrative that the federal government wants put forth.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) received final Congressional approval for its request to re-allocate $34 million funds to increase security officers at airport security checkpoints. The refunding comes as lines grow longer at security checkpoints and both passengers and airlines complain to Congress about the number of missed flights.

For their part, the TSA claims that the number of passengers has increased nearly 12 percent since 2011, while the number of screeners has declined by 12 percent since the same time period. Obviously, long-lines, increased wait times and missed flights are more of a concern to Congress than the fact that the TSA not about keeping us safe from terrorists, but about keeping us in fear and under constant control.

Originally, the TSA was supposed to only be in airports for a two-year period beginning in 2003. After that the airport would be allowed to hire its own private security, replacing the TSA.

When the time period expired, several airports did remove the TSA. However as more and more airports joined the removal process, the agency decided not to leave, citing a Department of Justice notice that threatened to make the airspace above and around the facility into a ‘no-fly zone.’

So, in essence, we have one unconstitutional federal agency propping up another unconstitutional federal agency. Meanwhile, we also have the federal government claiming to control airspace around us and worse – Congress has done nothing about this since 2003.

Also, when you purchase a plane ticket you are now forced to nullify your Fourth Amendment right, thus allowing a warrantless search of your person, papers and property. This all makes no sense once you realize that a private plane leaving the same airport as any commercial airliner is not subject to the same illegal screenings rules, meaning anything and anyone can be aboard that unscreened private plane.

We can criticize the alphabet agencies within the federal government all we want for this, but the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of a complacent Congress which has willfully neglected it primary duty, which is to protect the U.S. Constitution. And it’s time to start calling out the members of Congress by name when they fail at their obligation.

In this case, lodge your complaints with Senator’s John Hoeven (R-ND) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH.)

Lukewarm

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” 

— Revelation 3:15-17 (NIV)

Lukewarm water is disgusting to drink. Unfortunately, America has become like lukewarm water because it no longer stands for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and this indifference has led to apathy.

All across this nation there are people who believe that their material wealth and the number of personal possessions they own are a sign of God’s blessings. However by openly neglecting to stand for God before money or things, the U.S. has become hardened and self-satisfied and is now destroying itself.

Our wealth, our luxury and ease of life has left us complacent and vulnerable not only to outside forces, but extremely ripe for destruction from within. God is going to discipline this once great nation for our indifference towards Him and we should be fearful of His wrath.

The Redemption of Ridenhour

Ridenhour slid from the bar stool and stumbled outside onto the sidewalk. The street was empty and the early morning air bit into his exposed face as he staggered homeward.

He had become the town drunk in less than three years. That was the same amount of time he’d spent trying to drown his sorrow without success.

The Lady Luck was promising – the dirt the five men had pulled from the 300 foot shaft showed a lot of color. While they’d struck a silver vein, they’d also tapped into a gold ledge running parallel with the vein.

For nearly five months they toiled to bring out the dirt and rock for their three-piston stamp mill. They knew they were on the verge of striking it rich – that’s when disaster struck.

A massive collapse left four of the five men buried at the end of the tunnel. Only Ridenhour survived and he was now certain that it was more of a mistake then luck on his part.

He had returned to the small shack that doubled as an office and storage. Ridenhour had forgotten to call his wife Sally before heading into the mine.

But that was three years ago. And now Ridenhour had nothing left — no wife and no home save the small shack that remained a couple of hundred yards from the Lady Luck’s entrance.

Ridenhour wanted nothing more than to flop down on the rusty metal framed bed with its lump-filled and odor-ridden mattress to sleep off yet another drunk. But it wasn’t to be.

Noise and voices disturbed his unfit sleep. And by the time he pulled his boots on and made it outside the sun had already been up an hour.

Amassed near the mines gaping mouth was a collection of official cars and trucks. The town’s police chief, the county sheriff and his deputies and every fire truck in the region.

Ridenhour considered returning to his uncomfortable bed but curiosity got the better of him and he decided to walk over and find out what was going on.

Perhaps it was out of memory or some sort of premonition but Ridenhour grabbed his hard hat with its carbide battery lamp before heading to where several of the towns people had gathered to watch the goings-on.

He leaned more than stood as he listened. The state patrol car was nearly the perfect height for him to rest against as the world still lost its equilibrium form time-to-time.

Though he mind was still heavily laced with booze from the all-night and early morning bender, he understood that a child had disappeared from her backyard and her foot steps lead into the long-unused tunnel. And now those in charge were determining the best approach to entering the ink-black opening without getting and of the rescuers injured or killed.

Ten minutes passed, then half an hour, followed by more than 45 minutes and still not a single rescuer had started into the mine. It became too much for Ridenhour to witness.

“Well, enough of this crap!” he said aloud though no one was listening to him, “I ain’t waiting’ ‘round for this damned hole to take another soul!”

Without permission or intervention, Ridenhour walked the few steps from the hood of the car he’d been leaning against and into the darkness of the once prosperous mine. As he did, he donned his helmet and switched the headlamp on – disappearing into the ink-like blackness.

Behind him he heard the angry and concerned shouts of disapproval. But he knew that there was very little they could do to stop him, so he ignored the threats of arrest and physical abuse from the group of would-be rescuers.

Much of his drunk wore off within minutes of his decision to take action. It was the clearest his mind – his soul – had felt since the collapsed killed his friends, co-workers and employees.

Moving carefully between the rough-hewn walls, he felt a real sense of purpose for the first time in ages. He knew this mine, this deadly Lady Luck, and he had grown determined not to allow it to take even one more life than it already had.

Soon he found who he was looking for: the small girl-child, huddled against the far wall near the collapse, an unlit candle in her hand. At first she didn’t move as his lamp’s light broke across her face.

Her deep blue eyes seemed unfocused and her cheeks had the rosiness of carbon monoxide poisoning. This gave Ridenhour a pause as he feared the worst.

That fear lasted but a second as the child jumped up and ran to him. Without hesitation he scooped her in his arms and turned back towards the entrance.

Minutes later the pair emerged from the old mine shaft to shouts of joy and happiness. He placed the child in the arms of her waiting mother and continued heading towards the shack.

“What’s the big idea risking that girl’s life by walking in there like that?!” barked the sheriff.

“Got tired of waiting for you pansies to go in and get her!” he hollered without looking back, “Besides, I still gotta bit of drunk to sleep off!”

The Fallacy of the ‘Federal Abortion Law’

This is a great learning moment that came shortly after I posted this ‘news item’ to my Facebook page:

“Oklahoma’s legislature has passed a bill criminalizing abortion procedures in the state. The bill would penalize anyone found to have performed an abortion with up to three years in prison and revoke the licenses of doctors who take part unless done to save the mother. Governor Mary Fallin has not said whether she’ll sign the bill into law.”

My friend Judy responded, “I’m all for less abortion, but that seems a little extreme.”

A while later another friend named Amy chimed in, “I agree with Judy. Also, how can a state law ignore federal law???”

My response wasn’t to address the states action about what’s considered ‘extreme.’ Rather I pointed out the true fallacy:

“The federal law doesn’t exist constitutionally. It is instead simply an opinion made by the SCOTUS, but never enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Finally, the power is left to the states because of the 10th Amendment which states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.””

Obama’s Executive Overreach is Tyranny

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a new regulation that increases the salary threshold for paid overtime from less than $455 per week to $913 per week. Currently, salaried workers are only entitled to overtime pay if they make less than $23,660 annually.

Employees who earn yearly salaries of $47,476 or less will be entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week. The new rule takes effect December 1, 2016, after that, companies will be watched and audited to make sure they are in compliance.

The Obama administration also took the step of ensuring the threshold will be updated automatically, every three years, by indexing it to salary growth in the lowest income region of the country. Also for the first time, the rule will allow bonuses and incentive payments to count toward up to 10-percent of the new salary level.

This new Labor Department policy should be challenged because the Executive branch, to which the DOL belongs, does not have the power to create employee compensation regulations. And while the federal government has often usurped powers not delegated to it via the Legislative branch, in this case, Congress did not pass any legislation expanding the conditions under which employers would be required to pay overtime to their employees.

This new rule came after a memorandum from Obama directing it to do so. Therefore, instead of executing a law passed by Congress, the president effectively legislated by executive memorandum.

Obama took this action despite the fact that the Constitution mandates that all legislative power be vested in the Congress as directed in the 10th Amendment, which reads: “The powers not delegated to the United States [i.e., the federal government] by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Reading through the Constitution from beginning to end, no language is found that even remotely suggests that any branch of the federal government has the power to regulate salaries or any other part of the relationship between the employer and employee. That authority’s reserved to the states and to the people.

Shame on Congress for failing to act against such tyranny.

The Constitutional Problems of ‘Interpretation,’ Opinion’ and ‘Bureaucracy’

We to start calling our Congressmen and women ‘Representatives’ because they ‘only represent us,’ they are not our Lords and Masters, that the supreme Court IS a branch of government, subject to checks and balances, to the dismissal of judges, that ‘supreme’ at the front of their office is an adjective while Court is the noun, and they only issue rulings in the form of opinion and NOT law, that the Senate follows the House of Representatives in the formation of bills and budgets, and that the Executive Branch doesn’t have unlimited power, and that it is the people through the states that has delegated power to the three branches of federal government and that delegation can be withdrawn at anytime.

Further, a Progressive education system and the Progressive media have pushed the idea that the U.S. Constitution is an outdated document, which simply isn’t true. Here is an overly simplified breakdown of the first 10 amendments that give us liberties that no one can take away from us:

Free speech, freedom to worship (or not worship) in the religion of our choice, the right to gather and peacefully protest, the right to ask the government to make right an unconstitutional action; a free press; the right to protect yourself from anyone or thing that threatens you, your family or community (and that specifically means the government); not to be forced into having soldiers (or law enforcement) living in or using your home as a base of operation; the right not to be searched physically, electronically or by any other means unless a lawful warrant has been issued; not be held against your will unless you’re charged; your property cannot be taken from you without a trial or without fair compensation; you can’t be tried twice for the same crime; you get a quick trial and that trial cannot be held in secret; you can take anyone to court — including the federal government — if the offense is for more than $20, and that ruling once entered, cannot be overturned; you can’t be given a bail that is so high that you can’t pay it; you can’t be whipped, tortured, chained up or anything else as punishment for a crime; no one can be denied a liberty that is in the Constitution; and if the Constitution doesn’t say the federal government has authority over it, then it belongs to the state and this include marriage, transportation, roads, healthcare, schools, drug enforcement, etc.

Sadly, many of these liberties have been quietly stripped from away through acts of unlawfulness which include ‘interpretation,’ opinion’ and willful ‘bureaucracy.’

Supreme Court Creates Itself a New Authority

The supreme Court is seeking a compromise that allows religious non-profits who argue that the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate violates religious freedom, to opt out of coverage while guaranteeing free birth control for employees. They’re doing this by not making a decision but by sending the challenges to the contraception mandate back to the lower courts.

And while the Progressive media is framing this a ‘win’ for the non-profits, what they’re avoiding telling us — or are too ignorant to understand — is that the supreme Court doesn’t have the Constitutional authority to form compromises. Section 1 vests the judicial power of the United States in federal courts, requires a supreme court, allows inferior courts, requires good behavior tenure for judges, and prohibits decreasing the salaries of judges:

“The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.”

So in essence, while the non-profits are off the hook for the time being, “We the People” lost yet another bit of liberty as the judiciary continues it’s plodding toward a complete oligarchy.

Altars and Sacred Stones

Sometimes the Lord lays a message on my heart in odd ways. With this one, it came through a friend who felt prompted to share Hosea 10:1-4 with me.

The New International Version reads: 1 Israel was a spreading vine; he brought forth fruit for himself. As his fruit increased, he built more altars; as his land prospered, he adorned his sacred stones.

2 Their heart is deceitful, and now they must bear their guilt. The Lord will demolish their altars and destroy their sacred stones.

3 Then they will say, “We have no king because we did not revere the Lord. But even if we had a king, what could he do for us?”

4 They make many promises, take false oaths and make agreements; therefore lawsuits spring up like poisonous weeds in a plowed field.”

It’s hard for me to read this and not come away thinking of the United States of America. Though the text says “Israel,” it can easily be replaced with “U.S.,” and that makes it all the more frightening.

Like a vine, the U.S. has steadily grown in its greatness. However, because of our greatness, we’ve also grown arrogant, thinking we are both our creator and the created, that our success has been our own doing, eliminating God from the equation of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

“Altars,” and “sacred stones?” Simply put, those are the things we worship, that we have placed ahead of God in our daily lives and the lack of acknowledgement we give Him by continually ignore His promptings because we think life is good and we don’t need Him.

Then there’s the word “king,” which is not capitalized and can easily be changed to “leaders.” So it becomes easy to understand the parallel question, “But even if we had leaders, what could they do for us?”

That answer is simple — nothing. Our lives come from God, not man, no matter how powerful or affluent that person is.

Finally, we are left with the “many promises,” the “false oaths,” and “agreements” that bring “lawsuits.” This is where we stand today and it is only a matter of time before we will have to “bear…guilt.”

We were once a “plowed field,” formed over 225-years ago in a Godly way, that’s being choked by “poisonous weeds,” by Godless leaders that we commanded into position.

Title XI Has Nothing to Do With Transgender

Our federal government has decided to issue a letter of guidance to our public school’s on transgender access to bathrooms. The joint letter from the education and justice departments was sent to schools Friday with guidelines to ensure all students “can attend school in an environment free from discrimination based on sex.”

Realize that while they can ‘issue’ such a letter, it carries absolutely no authority. This is yet another example of federal overreach through the Executive Branch as yet another couple of bureaucratic and unconstitutional cabinets move to usurp power and authority from the Legislative Branch. However, time and again Title XI keeps getting tossed into the mix as if it has any real bearing in the issue of transgenderism and school bathrooms.

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” [Public Law No. 92‑318, 86 Stat. 235 (June 23, 1972), codified at 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681–1688]

The first person to introduce Title IX in Congress was its author and chief Senate sponsor, Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana. At the time, Bayh was working on a number of issues related to women’s rights, including the Equal Rights Amendment.

As they were having some difficulty getting the ERA out of committee, the Higher Education Act of 1965 was on the floor for reauthorization, and on February 28, 1972, Bayh introduced the ERA’s equal education provision as an amendment.

In his remarks Bayh said, “We are all familiar with the stereotype of women as pretty things who go to college to find a husband, go on to graduate school because they want a more interesting husband, and finally marry, have children, and never work again. The desire of many schools not to waste a ‘man’s place’ on a woman stems from such stereotyped notions. But the facts absolutely contradict these myths about the ‘weaker sex’ and it is time to change our operating assumptions.”

“While the impact of this amendment would be far-reaching”, Bayh concluded, “it is not a panacea. It is, however, an important first step in the effort to provide for the women of America something that is rightfully theirs—an equal chance to attend the schools of their choice, to develop the skills they want, and to apply those skills with the knowledge that they will have a fair chance to secure the jobs of their choice with equal pay for equal work.”

Bayh said absolutely nothing about ‘transgender,’ though his bill did state ‘sex,’ which is defined biologically defined by the presence of the XX (female) or the XY (male) genotype in somatic cells.

In 2014, guidelines were issued by the U.S. Department of Education stating that transgender students are protected from sex-based discrimination under Title IX, and instructing public schools to treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity in single-sex classes, so that a student who identifies as a transgender boy is allowed entry to a boys-only class, and a student who identifies as a transgender girl is allowed entry to a girls-only class. The memo states in part that “…students, including transgender students and students who do not conform to sex stereotypes, are protected from sex-based discrimination under Title IX. Under Title IX, a recipient generally must treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity in all aspects of the planning, implementation, enrollment, operation, and evaluation of single-sex classes.

There is nothing in the United States Constitution that gives the federal government the authority to delegate power to the federal Department of Education or the Department of Justice to create law or even the suggestion of it.

A Time to Act

Once again I have sent an email to my congressional Representative in Washington, D.C. You should do the same by letting your Representative in Congress know where you stand.

(If you agree with my position, please feel free to copy and paste, but remember to change the Rep’s name and yours too.)

Dear Representative Amodei:

Our federal government has decided to issue a letter of guidance to our public school’s on transgender access to bathrooms. The joint letter from the education and justice departments was sent to schools Friday with guidelines to ensure all students “can attend school in an environment free from discrimination based on sex.”

While I realize they can ‘issue’ such a letter, it carries absolutely no authority. This is yet another example of federal overreach through the Executive Branch as yet another couple of bureaucratic and unconstitutional cabinets move to usurp power and authority from the Legislative Branch.

Sir, you must act to stop this illegal activity. Thank you for your time and consideration in this urgent matter.

Tom Darby
Spanish Springs, Nevada

The time for action is NOW.

An Open Letter to Nevada’s Federal Representatives

So that you know that I’m not all smoke and no flame, here is the email I sent to each of Nevada’s federal Representatives. It became obvious during this ‘exercise in liberty,’ that they are using several methods of screening who reach out to them.

These methods include not having a ‘link ready’ email address on each of their congressional websites. Instead, each have a ‘contact’ button, where upon after entering it you are asked for you zip code with the ‘special four digit’ number.

If you do not have that four digit number, you must go to the official U.S. Postal Service website to enter your address and find out what that number might be. Honestly, it shouldn’t be this difficult.

Lastly, I learned rather abruptly that Representative Hardy of Nevada’s 4th District doesn’t want to hear from anyone outside his district. I entered my zip code, followed by those extra four digits, only to be informed I live outside his area of representation.

So, I called his office in Las Vegas and was told I couldn’t be helped, unless I wanted to relay my message telephonically or via the postal service. Opting to do neither, I called Hardy’s Washington office where the woman who answered the phone told me much the same thing – however offered to deliver my email to the Congressman through her work email.

I call that service, something our federal representatives see to not understand.

Here, now is my email to Representatives’ Dina Titus, Cresent Hardy, Joe Heck and Mark Amodei:

Why are you allowing the Executive Branch of government to usurp the Legislative Branch’s authority when it comes to Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s threat to defund North Carolina?

The Executive Branch does not hold that power. That power is authorized only to the Legislative Branch via the people, and therefore the Legislative Branch doe not have the authority to delegate that power to the Executive Branch.

The federal overreach of the Obama Administration, through the Department of Justice must be halted. This responsibility falls to the House of Representatives as prescribed in Article I, section 7, clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution, which reads: “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills,” and in Article I, section 9, clause 7, that further states, “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Darby,

Spanish Springs, Nevada

(The note I added only to Representative Hardy’s email)

P.S. Your Congressional email system should serve all citizens, not simply the select few who live in the 4th District. It is a shame that I must rely on a staff member from your office to relay an email to you and not directly submit the same to you in person. Please convey my appreciation to Emily Moore for her assistance in this matter.

Thank you, TD

Media Censorship at any Level is a Danger

Look, everyone knows that Facebook censors Conservative stories in its ‘Trending Topics’ feed, though they deny it. They are a private company and can do with their product as they wish.

But what’s difficult to understand is how Congress has any oversight responsibilities towards this private social-media company. When South Dakota Republican Senator (and supposed Conservative) John Thune became a leading opponent of net neutrality, he made the case that any political interference in how the Internet operates is inherently unacceptable.

Now, he’s supporting the notion of Congress investigating how Facebook decides what to share in it’s feed –and that is a threat to free speech. Members of Congress and others may take issue with Facebook’s editorial decision-making, but the First Amendment leaves no room for Congress to investigate or otherwise insert itself into Facebook’s business.

It’s clear Congress has yet to learn the lesson it taught us when it authorized the 2008 federal take-over of car companies, banking institutions and the nation’s healthcare system.

Loretta Lynch, the Liar

Yesterday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch held a press conference announcing that the Department of Justice is suing the North Carolina about House Bill 2, signed into law March 23, 2016. Officially known as ‘An Act to Provide for Single-sex Multiple Occupancy Bathroom and Changing Facilities in Schools and Public Agencies and to Create Statewide Consistency in Regulation of Employment and Public Accommodations,’ and legislates that individuals may only use restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates.

Several times, Lynch lied as she spoke:

“In so doing, the legislature and the governor placed North Carolina in direct opposition to federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex and gender identity.”

The specific federal law she is citing is the 1964 Civil Rights Act’ which outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It does not include ‘gender identity,’ and ‘sex’ under this law is defined as biological at birth.

“While the lawsuit currently seeks declaratory relief, I want to note that we retain the option of curtailing federal funding to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the University of North Carolina as this case proceeds.”

The Department of Justice, which falls under the Executive branch, does not have the authority to halt the funding of any establishment. That power is only given to the Congress, which is delegated to that body by the State’s and thus the people.

“And it’s about the founding ideals that have led this country – haltingly but inexorably – in the direction of fairness, inclusion and equality for all Americans.”

Those three words, ‘fairness, inclusion, equality,’ do not appear in the U.S. Constitution and therefore cannot be expressed as ‘founding ideals.’ Meanwhile, ‘life, liberty, happiness,’ do appear in the Declaration of Independence.

“And we saw it in the proliferation of state bans on same-sex unions intended to stifle any hope that gay and lesbian Americans might one day be afforded the right to marry. That right, of course, is now recognized as a guarantee embedded in our Constitution, and in the wake of that historic triumph, we have seen bill after bill in state after state taking aim at the LGBT community.”

For such a ‘right’ to be ‘embedded in our Constitution,’ it would first have to be passed by Congress and then ratified by the States. Instead, she is choosing to confuse a supreme Court opinion with an Article 5 activity that must first begin in the Legislative Branch and not the Judicial Branch.

“Let me also speak directly to the transgender community itself. Some of you have lived freely for decades. Others of you are still wondering how you can possibly live the lives you were born to lead. But no matter how isolated or scared you may feel today, the Department of Justice and the entire Obama Administration wants you to know that we see you; we stand with you; and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward.”

Finally, Lynch has no Constitutional understanding of her position within the federal government. She does not work for the DOJ or the Obama Administration as she contends. She is sworn to uphold and defend the entire U.S. Constitution, not create ‘new law’ protecting the rights of a singular population, but the rights of all.

Alabama Judge Suspended for Applying State Law

A state commission suspended Alabama supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, alleging he disregarded “clear law” when instructing state judges to ignore a U.S. supreme Court ruling “establishing nationwide same-sex marriage rights.” The current investigation comes after the commission received complaints about Moore’s actions from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC.)

The SPLC complains that Moore:

— advised state judges to violate a binding federal court order;
— repeatedly commented on pending cases;
— undermined the public’s confidence in the integrity of the judiciary by denigrating the federal courts and threatening to defy them;
— and improperly lent the prestige of his office to the Foundation for Moral Law, a private organization that his wife runs and that he founded.

It’s obvious from a statement made by SPLC President Richard Cohen, that the SPLC isn’t interested in the law, rather the so-called ‘law center’ is more interested in practicing social politics.

“Moore swore to uphold the United States Constitution,” Cohen said. “But he has demonstrated in the past, and now once again, that he is willing to put aside the law when it conflicts with his personal religious beliefs. He cannot be trusted to be an impartial arbiter of the law.”

Moore is simply trying to uphold the state’s law as marriage is a state issue and not a Federal issue as prescribe under the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

And not one federally elected or state official – who’ve also sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution – can be found in support of Moore, trying to protect him from what has turned into a Progressive policy witch hunt.

The Compatibility of the First Amendment and the Gospel

Admittedly, it was more than hard to continue to listen after I heard the preacher boast that the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment was incompatible with the Gospel. My first reaction was to simply drop the online feed and move on, but I didn’t as I hoped I would hear something I needed to hear aside from the preacher’s opinion.

Since then I have thought a lot about his comment and I’ve come to realize exactly how wrong his statement is on several levels.

First off, the preacher must not realize that without the protection of the First Amendment what he said to those gathered before him, would not have save him from a tyrannical government. And what about those who assembled? They too would have been in grave danger from that same tyrannical power, had not some protection been provided via the First Amendment.

Then there is the fact that his/their/our religious beliefs would not be safe under a repressive regime had the First Amendment not been written by God-fearing, Gospel-understanding men. It’s obvious that our Founders understood the distinctions between ‘natural law’ (God’s law), which are our civil liberties, and man’s inherent predatory nature to usurp power and hold sway over all others.

Yes, the First Amendment and the Gospel seem to be a strange pairing, however if one understands the message of the Gospel – which is simply expressed by our Christ in John 13:34 (NIV), “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another,” then the First Amendment as well as the following nine of God’s laws align in perfection to the Gospel. To say otherwise is to act as an agent of the Evil One.

Stonewall National Park — America’s First Gay Monument

The Obama Administration is planning the nation’s first monument to gay liberation, Stonewall National Park, in New York City. The designation will encompass the Stonewall Inn bar and Christopher Park, a piece of land across the street from the bar, and various parts of the surrounding neighborhood.

The National Park Service will name the area as historic jus’ in time for the city’s LGBTQABCDEFG pride celebration, which commemorates June 28, 1969 — the day corrupt cops raided Stonewall Inn only to be surprised by an intense rebellion by bar patrons and locals fed up with police harassment. Meanwhile thousands continue to die at the hands of a “JV team.”

Doesn’t it feel great to see our tax money and Obama’s priorities, both working for such a wonderful cause like ‘inclusiveness?’

Turning High-Speed into a Tax-Payer Boondoggle

A group whose lead firm is controlled by Richard Blum, husband of California’s Senator Dianne Feinstein, has been awarded a nearly billion-dollar contract for the construction of the first phase of a “high-speed rail line” linking central California to Southern California. The Perini-Zachary-Parsons (PZP) bid was the lowest received from the five other groups participating in the bidding process.

Low is a relative term in this case because the project ultimately is to be footed by taxpayer monies. And you can bet because of his connection to a seated-Senator, Blum and crew had inside info on the other bids, thus they easily underbid them.

PZP’s bid $985,142,530 to build the first section of high-speed rail track that will tie Madera to Fresno, came in at a mere $35 million per mile. This doesn’t include the cost engines and cars, electrifying the route or land acquisition, of course.

Furthermore, the project will share tracks with conventional commuter rail trains, dropping its average speed to levels long bested by American railways more than a century ago. And in the end, will cost Californian’s twice what it’s budgeted at, take more than five hours to travel what takes less than an hour by air, and will have to charge much more than twice what airlines do for the trip.

This is how an unrestrained federal government operates – and how a state-turned-kingdom submits to its unbridled corruption, dressed up as a public-private partnership.

Reno Judge Booted for Opposing the Feds

The Declaration of Independence is filled with a list of grievances against King George III, including, “He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.”

Two-hundred and forty-years later, His Majesty, King Barack the Only is doing the same thing and once again his truest of subjects, the Republican controlled House and Senate are doing nothing to stop him.

Reno judge Robert Clive Jones has repeatedly clashed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals over the federal government’s continuous land grabs, gay marriage, and ballot and voting issues. Because of this — he’s been relegated to what’s called “senior status,” thus making him a part-time judge.

In a decades-long dispute between the government and the E. Wayne Hage family’s Pine Creek Ranch near Tonopah, Jones ruled in favor of the rancher. This and several of Jones’s high-profile decisions in recent years have been overturned by the 9th Circuit.

His rejection of same-sex marriage in Nevada in 2012 was reversed in 2014, as was his 2012 effort to pull “None of These Candidates” off Nevada ballots. Jones also was overturned in September 2015 when the 9th Circuit revived a lawsuit against the Nevada Health and Human Services Department over the issue of disenfranchising potential low-income and disabled voters.

Wasting no time following Jones demotion, A University of Nevada, Las Vegas, law professor has been nominated by President Obama for a judgeship on the U.S. District Court in Nevada. The Senate’s being asked to approve Anne Rachel Traum, whose been recommended by none other than Senator Harry Reid.

Traum is on leave from the William S. Boyd School of Law, while serving as special counsel in the U.S. Justice Department Office for Access to Justice. The ATJ’s mission, among other things is to ‘advance changes’ at both ‘the state and federal levels,’ where there is no Constitutional law to support either the DOJ or the ATJ.

How the White House responded to a Navy SEAL’s Death

Daesh (ISIS) fighters killed a U.S Navy SEALs in Iraq, in what’s being characterized as an “extremely heavy, extremely intense” firefight with U.S. forces and Kurdish Peshmerga troops. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said of the loss, “It is a combat death, of course and a very sad loss. It shows you the serious fight that we have to wage in Iraq.”

Meanwhile, back at the White House, what do you think the Obama administration’s focused on? The President’s impending visit to Flint, Michigan — where he’ll will stop at a food bank, take part in a roundtable about the towns ‘water crisis,’ speak to a crowd of 1,000 at a predominantly African-American high school and meet Little Miss Flint.

WH Spokesman Josh Earnest made no mention of the SEAL’s death until questioned. Not only did Earnest need to be asked about the incident before acknowledging it — the White House still refuses to classify the role of U.S. troops in Iraq as combat, instead preferring the euphemism, “dangerous work.”

While one might have hoped the Obama Administration would stray from its daily ‘self-promotion’ tour to acknowledge the death of a U.S. Navy SEAL without waiting to be asked — most Americans know where our brave men and women in uniform fit into Obama’s priorities.

America’s Real Oligarchy

The greatest assault on our liberties isn’t necessarily coming from the Executive or the Legislative branch. The U.S. Constitution doesn’t truly provide for ‘lifetime appointment’ of federal judges, but rather, as stated in Article 3, Section 1: “The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour.”

It is coming instead from the U.S. supreme Court. And yes, I did leave the word ‘supreme’ uncapitalized as ‘Supreme Court,’ is not a proper noun according to the U.S. Constitution; while ‘Court’ is the true proper noun, ‘supreme’ is merely an adjective.

Also, a judge can and should be removed from office if he or she fails to act with ‘good behavior,’ and this includes our supreme Court. Regardless of whether those who wrote the Constitution expected the supreme Court to attain the degree of authority it now holds, the Framers would be horrified by broad, autonomous power vested in lordship-like individuals for decades on end and their so-called ‘good behavior.’

In March of 2016, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg heard an abortion suit stemming from a Texas law that she was openly critical of soon after it passed. In the 1980s and 1990s Justice Anthony Kennedy along with six of his colleagues accepted dozens of paid trips from West Publishing, a regular high court litigant whose arguments the justices often favored.

In 2011 the court handed down a 5-4 decision in a major class action suit, Wal-Mart v. Dukes, and Chief Justice Roberts voted with the majority that sided with the retail giant – even though earlier that year, three companies where Roberts owned as much as $450,000 worth of shares in filed pro-Wal-Mart “friend of the court,” or amicus, briefs. This amicus issue is not covered by the federal recusal statute, so Roberts was not required to sit out Wal-Mart.

In 2010, Justice Clarence Thomas voted in favor a striking down certain campaign finance laws around the time he attended a meeting organized by the Koch brothers, who are known for their vociferous opposition to such laws. In 2012 and 2015 Justice Elena Kagan did not step aside from cases related to the Affordable Care Act, though she helped craft its legal defense when working in the Obama White House.

Justices Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito, along with Chief Justice Roberts have heard more than two dozen cases in the last few years, like Wal-Mart v. Dukes. Not surprisingly, the three have collectively sided with those companies nearly 70 percent of the time.

This is not ‘good behavior.’

As Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1804, “To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”

Shutting Out the Nevada Voter

Nevada’s Senate Bill 499, signed into law by Governor Brian Sandoval, took effect on October 1, 2015. Lawmakers behind the bill claim the goal was to increase ballot access for minor party candidates.

Unfortunately – and this was a known fact at the time – the opposite is true.

Here’s how the new law works: Voters in Washoe County’s District 4 — which includes Spanish Springs, Sparks and Wadsworth — have only two candidates running for the county commission seat, incumbent Vaughn Hartung and former state Senator Maurice Washington, both Republicans.

Nevada holds a primary on June 14, where candidates for state, county and local offices are cull ahead of the run-up to the general election in the November. This primary is in addition to the February caucuses where Republicans and Democrats picked who they want to represent them for president.

Democrats, independents and those registered with third parties will have no vote in the primary, yet the winner will be the only choice in the fall when those voters get a chance to take part. Under the old system, the two would have skipped the primary and been placed on the fall ballot where all registered voters would have a chance to pick between them.

Under the new system, the two will face off in the primary. The top vote-getter will be the only candidate listed on the fall ballot for WC-4 voters. In other words, Washington or Hartung will win and will represent all residents in District 4, even though non-Republicans were initially unable to vote.

Such action on the part of both parties within the Nevada legislature is not only disgraceful, but it’s empirical evidence that they are nothing more than mirror reflections of one another as they usurp power from the people and fail to represent them.

So Much for ‘Helpless and Harmless’

“At the establishment of our constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government.” – Thomas Jefferson in a letter to A. Coray, October 31, 1823

The Nevada Supreme Court ruled law enforcement doesn’t need to show probable cause or get a warrant before obtaining cell phone records that show a person’s general whereabouts and phone usage. The opinion by a three-judge panel upheld the murder convictions of Donald Taylor for the 2010 killing of Michael Pearson during a marijuana drug deal in Las Vegas.

Taylor appealed his conviction, arguing that his Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure were violated when law enforcement obtained cell phone location and use records from the cell phone provider. It was that information led to Taylor’s arrest.

Justice Nancy Saitta claims the warrantless access of Taylor’s historical cell phone location data didn’t violate his Fourth Amendment rights. She adds that the data didn’t provide content of Taylor’s calls or text message, only numbers, duration and the location of the cell towers routing the calls.

Such information interprets Saitta, are ‘business records’ and that Taylor has no reasonable expectation of privacy.

So much for the Section 18 of Nevada’s State Constitution which reads: “Unreasonable seizure and search; issuance of warrants. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable seizures and searches shall not be violated; and no warrant shall issue but on probable cause, supported by Oath or Affirmation, particularly describing the place or places to be searched, and the person or persons, and thing or things to be seized.”

Her interpretation also goes against the U.S. Constitution and the Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

It is time for the citizen’s of Nevada to stand up and force the state legislature to hold the Nevada’s judiciary accountable for its obvious disregard of our God-given liberties as expressed in both the U.S. Constitution and the state’s Constitution.

Righteous or Simply Right

America is angry. And a lot of people like to prove-up their anger by calling it ‘righteous,’ and pointing to Jesus, who flipped over tables and used a whip “fashioned from cords” to chase the money-changers from the Temple (John 2:16.) While many of us use this story to legitimize our actions, we’ve  little understanding about what this word, ‘righteous’ actually means.

The word ‘righteous,’ is defined simply as being morally correct. But what does it mean when used in conjunction with ‘anger,’ and ‘violence?’

The Holy Spirit commands us (II Timothy 3:16-17) as believers to put on the “new self” and “be angry” with a different kind of anger (Ephesians 4:24-26.) If you study, you’ll find that Jesus shows us what it looks like to be angry in a way that is pleasing to God.

There are at least 15 times in the Gospel where Jesus displays righteous anger outwardly. Here are but a few:

Jesus railed against the Pharisees’ hypocrisy in Matthew 23. Jesus overturned the tables when the sellers and money-changers turned God’s house of prayer into a “den of robbers” (Jeremiah 7:11.)

It was Jesus, who looked at around “with anger” when the Pharisees cared nothing whatsoever about a man with a “withered hand” who was there in the synagogue with them (Mark 3:1-5.) Furthermore, Jesus raged at the tomb of Lazarus (John 11:33, 38,) while he “snorted like a horse.”

He even rebuked Peter saying, “Get behind me, Satan!” (Matthew 16:23.)

It’s interesting to note that Jesus didn’t fight to prevent his own arrest and he didn’t allow others to fight on his behalf; but he did fight in reaction to what he saw as morally unlawful and in the interests of others. For those of us with confrontational personalities, we might want to ask ourselves, “Is my motive to be right or to be righteous?” before ripping into an offending party.

If it’s simply to be right, we’ve got it all wrong. Of course, if you have to ask yourself the above question – it’s a near-guarantee you’re on the evil side of the equation as I’ve learned through some personal and painful experiences.

Another way to check ourselves is by examining our actions before they occur, after all Godly anger and violence is not vigilante justice, it is legal justice. Throwing an elbow into a man’s face for simply disagreeing with your opinion, is un-Godly, yet defending yourself from an act of overt violence is Godly.

In the end, the surprise of Jesus’ anger is that it sets us free, delivering us from evil. It enables us to let go of “the sin which so easily entangles us” (Hebrews 12:1) and compels us to hate our own sin, and to “Abhor what is evil,” which is a New Testament commandment that is all too often ignored and disobeyed (Romans 12:9.)

Prince in the Lede

Seven-time Grammy winner Prince,  known for “When Doves Cry” and “Purple Rain,” has died at the age of 57. He was found dead in the elevator of his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota on Thursday.

But this isn’t what this article is about. Rather, it’s about why his death was important enough to be the first story in the majority of the national news media’s programming that evening.

There is a real science behind how the national news is presented and why. It’s ingenuous and rather simple, but very nefarious, especially when used as a propaganda tool.

It comes at us simultaneously in the form of agenda-setting and framing.

Agenda-setting describes the media’s ability to influence public opinion by telling us the news they want us to know and telling us what to think about the news that’s being presented. This stimulates the audiences into believing a particular issues importance, while framing, which is extremely subtle, causes the unsuspecting viewer to have a particular response.

Human interest stories, which appeal to emotion (a particular response,) are an excellent example of the media’s use of agenda-setting and framing. Most every night the final segment to a national newscast is the ever-popular human interest story.

This happens every time we sit-down and watch a national newscast — we’re manipulated into believing that certain news items like the passing of a famous musician has greater relevance to our lives than all the new regulations the federal government is imposing on our God-given liberties. And so you’ll know, the Federal Registry issued 142 pages of new regulations, rules and other notices on the day of Prince’s death.

What Can I Do for You?

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me. I’ve spent a lot of time hurting and feeling like I’ve been gypped or something.

Like usual, I started out whining and complaining before I realized where I should have started – on my knees. When I finally did, I came with resentment and blame and little else, pissed at Him and pissed at myself.

After two-weeks of self-imposed ‘anger and finger-pointing,’ here is my take away: Many people come to Jesus thinking it’s enough to believe, to stand on the sidelines and cheer.

Of, this, I am guilty and it is the number one reason I am not a preacher today as I had planned years ago. Jesus isn’t looking for cheerleaders, nor is He simply looking for converts.

Nope, He’s seeking those who will follow Him whatever the cost. He’s looking for radical devotion, unreasonable commitment and undivided dedication.

We may share the ‘good news’, but it’s not always the same message Jesus shared. Our version is softer.

Many take this message and omit the more ‘bad’ parts because they’ll scare people away. Instead, we make it sound comfortable and easy: You don’t have to do anything but believe.

Reducing Jesus from wanting a radical relationship of self-sacrificing love and humility to something more like an eternal ‘life insurance agent,’ has made Him made ‘safe,’ something He’s not!

By watering down the Gospel we have taken that which is all about Jesus and made it all about us, which it is not. Instead we’ve made Jesus a part of our lives when He is our life!

We all have our favorite causes, but Jesus didn’t come to take sides. Well, here’s a radical thought: Jesus came to take over and He’s poised do so again.

And instead of coming to Jesus with expectations of what He can do for us, we need to ask, “What can I do for you, Jesus?”

Autograph

As Louis Baker stepped from the stage, he knew he had hit the big-time. The cheering, standing ovation, the slaps on the back from other performers and stage hands, all told him so.

Out back of the theater, Louis Baker discovered even greater adulation as a crowd of several dozen flocked around him screaming, yelling his name and begging for his autograph. Women even slip their names in his jacket pocket hoping to be his paramour in the near future.

It was all very heady for the young actor as he headed up the block to his single room flat. Once there, he lay in bed dreaming of what his new-found fame-and-fortune would bring, including a luxury suite along Fifth Avenue.

The following morning Louis Baker rose and quickly dressed. The broad sheets would be out and he wanted to know what the critics thought of his performance.

He hurriedly walked down the sidewalk to the corner where the newspaper stand held his future. Yet, before he could get there, he had a small mishap, a misstep in all actuality.

The up and coming sensation stepped in a pile of dog droppings. Immediately, he sought to find something to wipe it from his Oxford’s.

He reached down and picked up a solitary piece of paper and used to clean-off his shoe. That’s when he noticed the handwriting on the fragment of parchment – it read: “All the best, Louis Baker.”

The Truth Behind ‘Stealing Delegates’

We keep hearing about that this candidate or that candidate is “stealing delegates.” There is no such thing. First of all, it implies something illegal, or at best, nefarious. Secondly, there is no way you can “steal” delegates.

Here’s how the delegate system works. In most states, delegates are selected by the campaign of a candidate.

For example, in some states some people have been selected to be a delegate for candidate ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C.’ Should candidate ‘A’ wins a majority of votes in the state then the selected delegate will go to the convention to vote for ‘A.’

In many cases, that delegate is committed to vote for the candidate for the first two ballots. After that they’re “unbound.”

There are some states where the delegates are only committed to vote for their candidate for the first ballot. Then there are some states where the delegates go to the convention “unbound,” and can vote for any candidate on the first ballot.

By the third ballot – it’s a certainty that all delegates are unbound and can vote for any candidate they wish. This is a practice that has gone on since the formation of the GOP in March 1854, but the compliant media continues to call this long-time political process “stealing” delegates.

Candidates who know the system will try to get delegates to vote for them after the first or second ballots. If their candidate isn’t selected on the first ballot, or the second ballot, they will vote for candidate on subsequent ballots.

The same media also keeps repeating that the ‘establishment’ is rigging the convention so that one candidate or another can’t win – which isn’t true. The way it works is that the candidate is not nominated by a vote of the people.

The people elect the delegates and the delegates nominate the candidate. If no candidate receives a majority of votes on the first ballot it will go to a second ballot, and to successive ballots until one candidate emerges with a majority.

This is why it is incorrect for anyone to claim the U.S. is a Democracy. Instead, the U.S. operates as a Constitutional Republic, but rarely if ever do you hear this in the compliant media.

In this case, a little education (both historic and civic) and some understanding of language (namely the misuse of words) can make all the difference to how convention activity and a Constitutional Republic operate.

Fair Share

We keep hearing this term “fair share” nearly every day from Progressives believe businesses and the rich must pay their fair share of taxes. So what is the fair share for the wealthy?

According to Progressives, it’s simply more — more than the 42.6 percent in federal taxes being paid by those in upper income brackets. It’s apparently entirely ‘fair’ that 50 percent of Americans now pay zero federal income tax, and some even enjoy what’s called a ‘negative tax rate.’

As it stands now in the U.S, the top one percent of wage earners, those who are continually disparaged by the left in America, bring home nearly 18 percent of the nation’s income. But they pay 35 percent of all federal income taxes.

Study after study has shown that when taxes are lowered, it stimulates the economy and brings in more revenue. For example, during the Roaring Twenties, tax rates were slashed dramatically, dropping from over 70 percent to less than 25 percent.

Personal income tax revenues increased from $719 million in 1921 to $1,164,000,000 in 1928, an increase of more than 61 percent. Increasing taxes also hurts the tax base, as oftentimes people and businesses flee higher tax states for lower tax states.

In 2012, French President Francois Hollande, proposed a massive 75 percent income tax on the wealthiest citizens. The tax revenue from the super tax was down significantly from the first year to the next, while the deficit skyrocketed another $97 billion.

In January 2015, the French government quietly killed the tax. It seems that unfortunately, historic lessons once learned are being willfully ignored.

If You See Something, Say Something

Our so-called Department of Homeland Security is constantly advising American’s, “If you see something, say something.” But what if it’s the government that’s acting suspicious?

Questions remain about the origin of a mysterious box on a utility pole near 21st and Glendale Avenues in Phoenix, Arizona. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATFE) finally came forward, admitting that a box spotted and removed from a Salt River Power (SRP) pole belonged to them and was part of an ongoing investigation.

Witnesses say that the crew who installed the box came in a truck marked “Field Pros.”  A Google search of that name does not return any utility or surveillance company.

ATFE officials refused to elaborate on the investigation, if any and would not say if they were conducting surveillance in the area. At first, SRP claimed they had no idea the box was installed on their power pole – later stating there “were indications that law enforcement was connected to the box.”

What those indications were – the company hasn’t said.

They said ATFE has to let know them or work with them if they have an object on their property. The ATFE, on the other hand, claims that depending on the investigation and security priorities, they can put such equipment in place without permission.

Meanwhile, the agency didn’t hesitate to claim that in this case they “acted within their bounds.”

There are homes, a high school, an apartment complex and a strip mall in the area. The strip mall has a salon, pet grooming store, alterations business, a barber shop and an ammunition store.

Note that last one: an ammunition store. It is self-evident that the ATFE is spying on people and activities surrounding this business, which is a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which reads, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

It’s obvious that the U.S. Constitution isn’t within the ATFE’s boundaries and this folks, is how tyranny starts!

Air Force Commander Violates the First Amendment

The Air Force is supposedly conducting an investigation after a video surfaced of retired Senior Master Sgt. Oscar Rodriguez being forcibly removed from a ceremony at Travis Air Force Base, near Sacramento in California. The incident took place on April 3 during, the retirement ceremony of Master Sergeant Chuck Roberson.

A spokesman from the base said that the confrontation stemmed from “an unplanned participation” at the event.

“Rodriguez ignored numerous requests to respect the Air Force prescribed ceremony and unfortunately was forcibly removed,” a Travis official said. “We will continue to investigate the situation fully.”

As the American flag is unfurled next to Rodriguez on stage he begins is statement: “Our flag is known as the stars and stripes. A union consists of white stars and a blue field above it.

“Each star represents one individual state,” Rodriguez continued. “Together they stand united in the visible.”

But as he does, the two men push him off stage and eventually out of the room.

An Air Force Reserve statement release following the incident took the insult to a higher level by openly claiming it “respects and defends the right to free speech and religious expression.”

However, the incident is actually a result of “bad blood” between Rodriguez and the current commanding officer of the 749th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. That commander is said to have barred Rodriguez from the ceremony, and ordered that he be removed after showing up anyway.

As of September 2013, Colonel Jeffrey Pickard is commander of the 349th Maintenance Group at Travis. As group commander, it is his duty to oversee the activities of the squadron commander of the 749th.

According to Air Force tradition a retiree can invite and have anyone speak at his or her own retirement. If the commanding officer does not like someone’s ceremony, he doesn’t have to attend.

I think the commanding officer in this case needs to be relieved of his duties and issued an official written reprimand.

This is What Tyranny Looks Like

At first Joe Hornick of West Long Branch, New Jersey, was pleased to see police when they came to his home. He’d been complaining of vandalism to his flag.

“Here I am looking for the cops to capture these people and instead, here they come and give me a ticket for my freedom of expression,” Hornick said of the officers standing on his front porch.

He now faces a $2,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail for flying a flag reading “Trump Make America Great Again” in front of his home. He flies his flags 24 hours a day.

Acting borough administrator Lori Cole said a local law bans political signs until 30 days prior to an election. New Jersey’s presidential primary is June 7.

Hornick, who has a court date April 20, is not taking the flag down.

“I feel my constitutional right has been violated. I have the right to express myself,” he stated.

But this battle isn’t over a political candidate or a flag. It’s about free speech and the First Amendment which states: “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech,” thus the ordinance is unconstitutional.

Furthermore, the Fourteenth Amendment states in Section 1, that, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

It’s too bad we’ve been rendered near-ignorant of our God-given liberties as laid out in the U.S. Constitution.

My Faith in God and the Constitution

Please allow me to share with you my belief in God…

While pray nightly and have my favorite Bible verses, I am not by any means a religious man – instead I walk by faith, which to try and simply explain means my God is with me at all times and though I am a fallen man, I do my best to keep my eyes (remaining mindful of and) on Him at all times. For me faith doesn’t come with a set of hard and fast rules like religion.

My belief system is by no means one in which I insist you follow, to the contrary – I want you to explore your beliefs in a manner consistent with your personal values. For myself, my belief in God means an adherence to the broad concept of Judeo-Christian faith, which includes justice, virtue, fairness, charity, community, and duty.

Each of these concepts means different things to different people. For instance, under duty – my personal belief includes defending the U.S. Constitution up to an including my death. I hold that document as close to my heart as any member of my family or my friends, for whom I would gladly trade my life – and it is okay that you might not see ‘duty’ in the same light.

The reality of a ‘supreme transcendent authority,’ higher than any Earthly authority, naturally limits the legitimate authority of the State. No government can demand absolute obedience or legitimately attempt to control every aspect of our lives.

Thus, while I strongly disagree with such actions as abortion, I find it repulsive to limit a woman’s right to seek such a procedure through the force of law. Rather, I prefer to leave that between the medical professional, the patient and their God, reducing the State’s ability not only to interfere but to publicly fund.

Nor should the State be in the business of marriage, from enforced blood-testing to licenses and all the financial rewards the agencies benefit from. And while I may not be in favor of same-sex marriage, that again should remain between those getting married, their faith, their church, the venue and their God.

Again my belief in God does not conflate faith and politics, and it does not mean that religious disputes are necessarily political disputes, or vice versa. Nor does it mean you must believe in God, or that I have a monopoly on faith.

It does mean that there is a moral order that lies behind political order, and that order establishes the natural limits of all human authority. Finally, man is fallible and because this is so we must be a nation of virtues and values over rules and regulations, work over welfare, law over litigation, morals over money and liberty over security.

The Meaning of ‘Rule of Law’

Many times throughout our lives we’ve heard the term ‘rule of law.’ It sounds simple enough but what does it really mean?

But first, we should correct our vernacular – it isn’t jus’ ‘rule of law,’ rather we should always say it correctly, ‘Constitutional rule of law,’ as the U.S. Constitution is a contract between the citizens and the State. Over the years, whether on purpose or out of laziness, ‘Constitution,’ has been redacted from the phrase.

Constitutional rule of law of insists that a predictable and consistent legal system is necessary for an ordered liberty. A lawful society consists of a government of laws, not men, in which people know what the rules are, and in which rules are enforced uniformly for all citizens.

It also means that the government itself, along with the governed, is subject to those laws. For Constitutional law to function, by contrast, even the administrators of the law must be subject to its provisions. That also means that ALL people are to be equally protected by the law.

When such a condition exists then the rule of law is present. Placing Constitutional law on a firm and decisive basis is a necessary step for assuring such a situation and in the end a Constitutional rule of law promotes prosperity and protects our liberties.

How and When We Became Factionalized

In 1962, the Supreme Court ruled that praying in school was unconstitutional, setting the stage that began the assault on America’s religious freedom. Interestingly, children saying prayers in school does not and cannot qualify as Congress making a law to establish religion.

But it certainly could be interpreted as prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Yet, that somehow was not the determination made by the Earl Warren-led Supreme Court.

How the SCOTUS drew this conclusion is still beyond my understanding. Did none of them read The Federalist #10, in which James Madison writes, “By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adversed to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”

No wonder we are so divided — we are each part of a faction that developed from this 1962 ruling. But is it really unconstitutional or simply an ‘impulse of passion,’ as Madison describes?

The Friendless Kid on the Playground

It’s as if our president is simply looking for a friend anywhere in the world. It’s like a child on the playground looking to find someone, anyone who’ll pay attention to them…

“I actually welcome President Castro commenting on some of the areas where he feels that we’re falling short, because I think we should not be immune or afraid of criticism or discussion as well.” — President Obama

I’d feel bad for Obama if it wasn’t so calculated.

My Trump Explanation

Okay, okay, okay…time and again I’ve been asked to explain what I find wrong with Donald Trump’s candidacy. To be candid – absolutely nothing – as he has every right to run for the presidency of this country.

But what he says – well, that’s a whole other thing – but you have to really listen and get beyond his ‘rough-and-tumble’ ad-libs and rhetoric. Yes, he has people stirred up throughout the political spectrum, especially those of us who’ve endured these nearly-eight years of astutely-executed Progressive ideologies.

But jus’ because he appears to be saying the ‘right’ thing – doesn’t mean he isn’t couching his actual policies in amongst those bombastic words. Take for instance his comments on January 21, where he literally stated:

“And you know what, there’s a point at which, let’s get to be a little bit establishment, because we gotta get things done, folks, okay? Believe me, don’t worry, we’re gonna get such great deals, but at a certain point, you can’t be so strident, you can’t not get along, we gotta get along with people.”

A ‘little bit’ of establishment,’ is too much establishment. What is need is less government, less professional, life-time politicians and less lobbyists — not more establishment.

Then there are these little gems from February 2016, “We’re going to repeal and replace the horror known as Obamacare, it is a horror,” and, “I want to get rid of Obamacare and get you something great.”

It worries me that a man who’s made so much money wouldn’t want us to return to the free market system of healthcare. Instead he wants to continue the pattern the Obama Administration began of forcing so-called ‘free’ health care down our throats.

And no, I am not telling you who to support or how to vote. All I’m doing is pointing out some glaring inconsistencies within Trump’s campaign speeches – the rest is up to you.

Tyranny Doesn’t Always Come at the End of a Gun Barrel

Nevada Senator Harry Reid wants the Obama’s administration to grab a stretch of land in Southern Nevada near the Bundy Ranch, now that many in the Bundy group are in federal custody. Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and several supporters, are facing federal charges stemming from two standoffs with the federal government.

Emboldened by this, Reid took to the Senate floor Thursday to renew his push to preserve the scenic Gold Butte area northeast of Las Vegas by attacking the Bundy’s and the 2014 Bunkerville showdown.

“Because of this legislation and now the fact that the Bundys’ are all in jail, I’m going to reach out to the White House, no guarantee we’ll get it done, that’s for sure, to see if President Obama will protect this area,” Reid said in a speech from the Senate floor.

Reid argued protections are needed to preserve Gold Butte’s tribal sites and its “stunning” Joshua trees. He displayed photos of petroglyphs he said had been drawn over, shot at and stolen.

Obama “has the authority, as any president does, to stop this sort of destruction and stop it now,” Reid said. “Congress created the Antiquities Act to empower the president to protect our culture, our historic and natural resources when and where Congress cannot or will not.”

Obama has used the act 22 times to set aside 265 million acres of federally administered lands and waters, more than any other president and has confiscated nearly four million acres of Western land, more than all other presidents except Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

Meanwhile, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, et. al., and all the national talk shows are mesmerized by the circus-jerk-us of presidential politics, and while we are being deceived by the ‘DNC verses the GOP’ false paradigm, a rogue federal government is targeting our liberties.

The Making of a Political Prisoner

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy will remain in custody without bail in advance of his federal trial. A judge made the ruling Thursday after Bundy’s attorney asked for, and was granted a review of his previous detention hearing in Oregon.

In my humble opinion, this is tantamount to “cruel and unusual punishment.” You must remember he’s being held in custody because he verbally threatened federal law enforcement officers – not physically mind you, but verbally. This proves that the federal government is coming at our 2nd Amendment right through the 1st Amendment.

If you speak out, you shall be declared a threat and dealt with accordingly. After all, a man was gunned down along U.S. 395 in Oregon for no more than having holstered weapon on his hip and his hands in the air.

Let’s Talk About Liberty

Do you believe that people possess the right to life, liberty, property, and freedom from the restrictions of arbitrary force? Do you believe you have the right to exercise these rights through the use of your natural free will?

That means the ability to follow your own dreams, to do what you want to do — so long as you don’t harm others — and to reap the rewards. Above all, it means freedom from oppression by government and the protection by government against oppression.

It means political liberty, the freedom to speak your mind and advocate any political position that suits your fancy. It means religious liberty to worship as you please. It also means the liberty not to have to do any of those things.

Liberty also means economic liberty, the freedom to allocate resources by the free play of supply and demand and the free market system that follows from it; it means the freedom to own property and to use it accordingly.

Do you believe in the notion that the pursuit of virtue is central to human existence, and that liberty is an essential component of the pursuit of virtue? After all virtue is a necessary element in the pursuit of freedom — it ensures that freedom will be pursued for the common good — and when freedom is abused and must be controlled, virtue provides a standard for restraint.

Our Founding Fathers realized that the greatest threats to liberty are the impositions of government, whether monarchical, democratic, or otherwise. On the other hand, they also realized that there are some things the government must control like borrowing money, regulating commerce with foreign nations and between States, immigration, bankruptcy law, coin money, post offices, patents, punish piracy on the high seas, declare war, raise an army, and maintain a navy.

Tradition and Order

Do you believe in tradition and order?

Tradition speaks first to the idea of conserving the values that have been established over centuries, resulting in an orderly society. Secondly, it believes that human nature has the capacity to build a social order that respects human rights and is able to repel evil.

On the other hand order is a systematic and harmonious arrangement, both within your own character and in the State. It entails the performance of certain duties and the enjoyment of certain rights in your life. It’s absolutely necessary for life and the pursuit of our dreams.

Order is an achievement that is easily taken for granted; it is perhaps more easily understood by looking at its opposite — disorder which is confusing and miserable. And if a society falls into general disorder, many of its members will cease to have a voice in their daily lives.

Disorder also helps to explain why order depends upon virtue — if you are I are disordered in our spirit, the outward order of society will not endure.

For the Record

Let’s be clear historically: The American Revolutionary War was not a battle between the British And Americans. It was a battle between British Colonists and their government.

It was a battle to win independence from government intrusion, denial of liberty, and government control. It was a civil war, not a foreign war.

Possible Terror Cell Captured in Southern California Desert

At 8:25 a.m. Sunday morning, March 27, 2016, multiple agencies responded the report of suspicious circumstances including reports of gunshots and chanting in the predawn hours in the Deep Creek hot springs area in a remote part of Apple Valley. Deputies from Apple Valley, Hesperia, Adelanto and Victorville Police Departments also responded to help.

Seventeen men of Middle Eastern descent were ‘detained.’

A caller to 911 reported hearing more than 100 shots fired and seeing several men wearing turbans in the area of the shooting. San Bernardino County sheriff’s office said the men were released after authorities found no evidence of a specific crime or outstanding warrants.

With the help of a sheriff’s helicopter, deputies located the men walking away from a creek carrying backpacks and other items. A search found several handguns, a rifle and a shotgun

“A records check of the subjects, their weapons, and their vehicles was completed,” the statement said. “The records check revealed none of the subjects had a criminal history or outstanding warrants, the weapons were registered with the Department of Justice except for the rifle, and the vehicles were also registered.”

One rifle did not have a serial number because it was bought in parts. But it was deemed to be legal in California.

Sheriff’s investigators contacted several hikers, but supposedly none saw the guns being fired. However, Dave Stevens, who was hiking at the Hot Springs on Sunday, said he first heard shots fired around 6:30 a.m. and saw five or six men “shooting in the air.”

“I was about 50 feet away from the hot tub and saw them fire about six to eight shots,” Stevens said.

Stevens also said he heard from other hikers that the men were chanting, but did not know anything else as he quickly left the area. His statement’s bolstered by police scanner traffic posted online describing “a large group of subjects wearing turbans and chanting” at the scene.

“They were up all night chanting ‘Allah akbar’-type stuff,” an unidentified law enforcement officer is heard saying on the audio recording as he speaks to his dispatcher.

“None of the subjects that were interviewed were found to be terrorists,” Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said. “They were detained, interviewed and cooperated fully with deputies.”

Another sheriff’s spokeswoman, Olivia Bozek said, “The deputies detained the subjects and from what I was told they are going to be transported to the High Desert Detention Center.  I do not know what charges they are going to be booked for.”

And so the question remains: If the 17 men aren’t terrorist, were they arrested or simply detained and if only being detained, why were they taken to a detention center and why speculate on what charges they might face? None of this adds up.

Religious Liberty Dying

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell last week. At issue is whether the federal government can force the Little Sisters of the Poor, the Catholic University of America and the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington to provide contraceptive and abortion coverage as part of their health insurance plans, even if doing so goes against their free exercise of religion.

But there seems to be more afoot than the question of exemptions as alluded to by Justice Elena Kagan.

“I thought there was a very strong tradition in this country, which is that when it comes to religious exercises, churches are special, and that…if you’re saying that every time Congress gives an exemption to churches and synagogues and mosques, that they have to open that up to all religious people, then the effect of that is that Congress just decides not to give an exemption at all,” she said.

Basically, Kagan is disallowing for individual liberty, instead pointing to the Progressive idea that only ‘organized religious institutions’ can skirt the mandate. This is contrary to what the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”

Meanwhile, the Catholic Church has long taught the immorality of abortion and contraception. These teachings are indivisible from the faith and orthodox followers, which include religious institutions and as such, demand protection under the U.S. Constitution.

But to the government, as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg later indicated, such beliefs aren’t a ‘compelling’ reason to allow an exemption, especially when the ‘right’ to ‘preventative healthcare services’ is at risk.

“As you know, the — the original health care plan didn’t provide these covered services for women, and it saw a compelling interest there, a need that was marginally ignored up until then,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated.

The federal government through the SCOTUS is trying to marginalize religious freedom, by spawning a state-created orthodoxy where individual religious beliefs are unacceptable.

Thomas Jefferson recognized the relationship between God and man when he penned a letter to the Danbury Baptists in 1802: “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”

By distorting Jefferson’s word, this important concept’s been used to sanitize school classrooms, war memorials and courtrooms of references to faith. Its misapplication has led to believe that Jefferson’s intent was to confine religion to the church as shown by Kagan and Ginsburg.

Finally, when a new ‘right’ violates another God-given liberty — that so-called ‘right’ isn’t from God — but rather from imperfect man.

Fidel to Barack: ‘Screw You!’

Cuba’s former president penned a statement following President Obama’s visit. Fidel Castro wrote that Cuba “has no need of gifts” from the U.S.

“My modest suggestion is to reflect and do not try now to develop theories about Cuban politics,” Castro wrote of Obama.

“Native populations do not exist at all in the minds of Obama,” Castro wrote. “Nor does he say that racial discrimination was swept away by the Revolution; that retirement and salary of all Cubans were enacted by this before Mr. Barack Obama was 10 years old.”

Castro also harkened back to the 1961 failed invasion of the Bay of Pigs, saying, “Nothing can justify this premeditated attack that cost our country hundreds of killed and wounded.”

By most measures, Cuba’s economy is on life support, but Castro insists the communist system he put in provides for the island’s citizens.

“No one should pretend the people of this noble and selfless country give up its glory and rights,” he wrote. “We are able to produce food and material wealth we need with the effort and intelligence of our people.”

It seems Obama’s dream for an open and happy relationship with our Cuban socialist and communist neighbor is not forthcoming. Castro paints himself as the protector of “native population.”

Of course, protecting that population requires the same kind of butchery and tyranny Stalin used, and then act like the population enjoys great prosperity, culture, faith, and joy. This is the point Obama missed by giving credibility to tyranny and allowing the executive office to be used to further characterize Communism as something deserving equal standing among free nations.

Instead Obama acted as though his visit would bring sweeping change to Cuba because he truly believes that every president since Eisenhower has been wrong about Castro. So hurry out and build your business in Havana, but don’t unpack your suitcase too quickly as you might be heading back to the states’ sooner than you think.

After all, as Cuban dictator, Castro “nationalized” American businesses in 1956 and confiscated all the property and assets and that continuing dictatorship can do so again.

Syria’s New Allie in Its ‘Civil War’

North Korea might be a larger threat to the U.S. and world safety than we’re being lead to believe by the Obama Administration or our compliant national media.  After all, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s newest ally is now the so-called ‘hermit nation.’

And this isn’t the first time that there have been reports of soldiers from that country being involved in the conflict, as in 2013, the Saudi-owned Arabic newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat reported that Cholma-1 and Cholma-7 were in Syria, to provide logistical and planning support.  Also in 2013, the former president of the Syrian National Council claimed North Korean pilots were flying in the Syrian Air Force, followed a year later by UK-based Jane’s Defense Weekly reporting North Korea was assisting in improving Syria’s missile capabilities.

North Korea and Syria have had a military relationship since the late 1960’s. That involvement includes providing advisers and air defense troops immediately after the 1967 and 1973 wars with Israel and stretches to the modern era, when North Korea is believed to have provided technology used to help build the secret al-Kibar nuclear site in Syria, which was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike in 2007.

North Korean soldiers can gain valuable combat experience which, among other things, can help teach future infantry tactics of the Korean People’s Army. Second, the North Korean military can also gain insights into irregular warfare tactics as practiced by the Syrian Arab Army, Hezbollah, and Iranian forces in Syria.

Last, the battlefield in Syria can provide North Korean officers with insights how its own Soviet-era equipment would do in a war against U.S. military hardware.

North Korean authorities have denied any military involvement in the past, with state news agency KCNA reporting in 2013 that ‘foreign media’ were ‘floating misinformation.’ But with North Korea being cash-strapped, the country’s leadership increasingly sends it’s ‘citizens’ abroad to earn foreign money, who often work as ‘forced labor.’

None of this seems all that far-fetched once you learn that last September Syria dedicated a park to former North Korean leader Kim Il Sung. The ceremony was held to mark the 70th anniversary of forming the Workers’ Party of Korea.

Hillary Talks UFO’s and Marijuana

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she wants to know if there are any alien’s being hidden at Area 51 in Nevada. She made the remarks during an appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

“I would like us to go into those files and hopefully make as much of that public as possible,” Clinton said. “If there’s nothing there, let’s tell people there’s nothing there.”

Kimmel then asked what she would do if she discovered sensitive information.

“Well, if there is something there, unless it’s a threat to national security, I think we ought to share it with the public,” she said.

In January, Clinton vowed to “get to the bottom” of Area 51 and rumors of UFOs and aliens. Her campaign manager John Podesta apparently has put her up to doing so.

A former Clinton White House chief of staff and, more recently, special counselor to President Obama, Podesta has advocated for the release of UFO files from the federal government. Prior to being named as Clinton’s campaign head, he publicly tweeted, “My biggest failure of 2014: Once again not securing the disclosure of the UFO files.”

“He has made me personally pledge we are going to get the information out,” Clinton said. “One way or another. Maybe we could have, like, a task force to go to Area 51.”

UFO researchers once suspected the military base housed captured aliens and their spacecraft. It’s now known that Area 51 is where much of America’s stealth technology’s developed.

The CIA publicly acknowledged its existence for the first time in 2013. In response to a Freedom of Information Request, the agency released a document stating the U-2 and other technology’s tested there.

It’s being hammed up by our nationally compliant media as it again sidesteps the more important topic of legalizing marijuana which lead up to the tin-foil hat discussion of life on other plants and secrets in the Nevada desert.

“I think what the states are doing right now needs to be supported,” Clinton said, “There are still a lot of questions we have to answer at the federal level. What I’ve said is, let’s take it off what’s called the ‘schedule one,’ and put it on a lower schedule and actually do research about it.”

She went on to acknowledge “some great evidence about what marijuana can do for people” when it comes to cancer, chronic disease and intense pain.

My New ‘Old’ Cowboy Hat

Earlier in the week I left the house without a cover – that is to say a hat. At the time I didn’t know I’d be spending nearly eight-hours outside under the sun.

So I decided to hustle across the parking lot from where I was having Mary’s car repaired to the Goodwill Bargain Bin store. I figured they’d have to have a baseball cap or something along those lines to help me keep my head from getting sunburned.

010

But they didn’t have a single cap on hand. Instead, I ended up getting an old beaten-to-death cowboy-style hat for a buck – since it was better than nothing.

Though after seeing my refection in a window and thinking I looked ‘plain goofy,’ it got the job done. And I’ve since decided to keep it after finding on inside the hat, embossed in the leather sweat band, “Ponderosa Ranch, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.”

013

It’s a place that no longer exists — except in re-runs on television.

Moral Law verses Governmental Rule

We are losing our souls by failing to recognize that individual liberty does not come from a government, nor from being categorized. It is an evil that needs to be fought back against as it has grown out of hand.

A 6-year-old girl was removed from the California home of the foster family she has lived with for four years because she has a tiny sliver of Native American blood in her. Lexi was then she was sent to live with extended family in Utah after her relatives invoked the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICDA,) asking for her to be removed from the home.

The Page family fought efforts under ICDA to place Lexi with relatives of her father, who is a Native American, arguing that Lexi had lived with them since the age of 17-months and knew no other life. However, a California court found that the Page family “had not proven by clear and convincing evidence that it was a certainty the child would suffer emotional harm by the transfer.”

She will live with a Utah couple who are not Native Americans but related by marriage to her father, through an unrelated Uncle.

(I know that had this happened to my child, I’d be dead today, shot and killed, because I’d have come out of the house blasting away at those I would have considered kidnapping my son.)

For me it was a return to my teenage years when the ICDA of 1978 was passed. I was against it back then because of the legal warning at the bottom of papers issued the government that read “federal law prohibits discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion.”

Nearly 40-years later, I believe the same law applies to this situation — yet the government continues obfuscate the law. And it’s only gotten worse as we now have at least 40 groupings of people recognized by the feds – including age, ancestry, color, religious creed, denial of family and medical care leave, disability (mental and physical) including HIV and AIDS, marital status, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics,) genetic information, military and veteran status, national origin (including language use restrictions,) race, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding,) gender, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.

Worse yet is the fact that the national compliant media remained largely silent as this event unfolded. Had this been a gay couple losing this child to a straight family they would have been all over it like ‘white on rice.’

Sad.

Aren’t you and I the same when all is said and done? After all, I bleed red when cut like you do and yet we have an out-of-control federal government that’s bent on dividing you and me, making it easier for them to control when push comes to shove.

(This is also one of the many steps the Nazi’s used in the subjugation of the Jews and other so-called ‘undesirables.’)

We must ask ourselves: Do we follow government rule for the sake of government rule – or do we temper those rules with moral law? And I think, “Do unto others as you wish to be done unto,” is a damned good place to start.

Obama Screws Nevada Environmentalists

A recently created national monument designed to ‘safeguard’ a huge piece of central Nevada is about to get a new oil well. The Bureau of Land Management says Nevada’s biggest oil producer can drill in the Basin and Range National Monument designated by President Obama in July 2015.

Makoil plans to sink a well 7,500 feet deep in search of oil in a dry lake bed in Lincoln County. The BLM issued the company a 10-year oil lease after it applied for a permit to drill in July 2014, a year before Obama designated the monument using his executive authority under the Antiquities Act.

That means the agency’s bureaucrats knew in advance that oil drilling was to occur within the monuments boundaries. It is hard not to chuckle — at least a little after all the crowing environmentalist did after Obama signed the order.

“Permanent protection allows current outdoor recreation and current valid land use such as grazing, to continue,” Friends of Nevada Wilderness proclaimed after the designation, adding, “In addition, the Bureau of Land Management will be prevented from selling any land or granting permits for oil or mineral prospecting in order to preserve wildlife habitat, archaeological sites and other natural and cultural resources in the region.”

It’s actually kind of fun to watch environmental wackos get screwed by the Obama Administration. Now, if only Nevada would screw over the BLM, kicking them out of the state using Article I, Sec. 8, Clause 17 of the U.S. Constitution.

Chinese Communist Move Into Cuba with U.S. Blessing

“Be careful what you wish for lest it come true…” –old Chinese proverb

Last week, the Treasury Department granted Starwood Hotels permission to sign a multi-million-dollar deal with the Castro regime in Cuba, all the while knowing that the Anbang Insurance Group, which has very close ties to the Communist party, had bought the chain.  The company’s Chairman’s married to the granddaughter of China’s former leader and one of its directors is the son of a Communist Revolution-era top general.

Starwood Hotels is the parent company of such hotels as Sheraton, Westin and the St. Regis. And Anbang has been on a buying spree, purchasing the Waldorf Astoria in New York and Guaranty Life Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa.

Over the last 20 years, Starwood has given $12 million to lobbyists in Washington D.C. and $1.2 million to both Republicans and Democrats. In 2012, Starwood gave $14,000 directly to Obama’s re-election campaign, while only $1,500 to Mitt Romney’s.

During the 2014 campaign cycle, Starwood gave $440,000 to lobbyists and more than $71,000 to campaigns, with more than $50,000 going directly to Democrats. To adding the obvious crony capitalism — four of the six lobbyists working for Starwood Hotels previously held jobs with the federal government.

This means the Obama administration gave permission for a Communist Chinese hotel chain to do business as an American company in Communist Cuba.

“¿Que bolá Cuba? (What’s up, Cuba?)

President Obama speaks of the Castro brothers as if they were long-time friends, but there was no pomp and circumstance and Obama wasn’t greeted by either Castro brother like Raul did when Pope Francis visited. It leaves Obama looking like that proverbial school kid searching for acceptance anywhere he can find it.

But that isn’t the saddest of it — civil liberties, that we take for granted in the U.S, are taking a back seat to commercial interests in Cuba.

Shortly before Air Force One landed, the Policía Nacional Revolucionaria arrested 50 members of the Ladies in White movement, established more than a decade ago by wives and relatives of political prisoners, following the disruption of their march. They march each Sunday after Mass and usually get arrested and detained for hours or days.

But, some thought Cuban authorities would back off out of respect for Obama’s visit. But despite dozens of witnessing reporters, the group was quickly rounded up, loaded onto buses and into police cars and whisked away to Havana’s Combinado del Este.

Meanwhile, before his trip, the White House promised Obama would raise the issue of human rights in Cuba, even though the Castro’s insists that domestic politics are “off the table.”

“The difference here is that in the past, because of certain U.S. policies, the message that was delivered in that regard either overtly or implicitly suggested that the U.S. was seeking to pursue regime change; that the U.S. was seeking to essentially overturn the government in Cuba; or that the U.S. thought that we could dictate the political direction of Cuba,” U.S. deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes said.

The Castro regime however is very sensitive to U.S. criticism of its human rights record – as seen most recently when its diplomats criticized Washington during a UN Human Rights Council session, advising Obama to improve human rights at home, declaring, “As President Castro said, we will not renounce our ideas or independence or social justice, nor will we set aside any of our principles.”

This isn’t surprising as this is the same regime that celebrates a murderous thug by the name of Che Guevara as a national hero. But then — he’s also celebrated by University students all over the U.S. — so go figure.

There’s More to the Realignment of U.S. Highway 50 Than Meets the Eye

The United Nations is still making inroads around Lake Tahoe with its environmental programming. Agenda 21 is a form of radical environmentalism that states humanity is destroying the planet, and the goal should be to create a world where literally everything humans do is to be tightly monitored and controlled in the name of “sustainable development.”

In their vision, the human population will be greatly reduced and human activity to be limited to strictly regulated urban areas and travel corridors, while of the planet is be left to nature. And to prove how sneaky the planning and execution of these plans are, they’re often couched in banal terms like ‘economic development’ or ‘community revitalization.’

One such ‘community revitalization project’ involves creating a new road allowing drivers to bypass the downtown area in Stateline, Nevada.  This proposal “realigns the current four lanes of U.S. Highway 50 along Lake Parkway East behind Harrah’s, Montbleu, and the Village Shopping Center, converting the current road along the business and casino corridor into two lanes with turn pockets,” reconnecting at Pioneer Trail in California.

The Tahoe Transportation District’s own webpages boast:

  • “No longer a federal highway, this area could be closed off and used as an outdoor mall for special events.”
  • “For residents, Relocation Assistance could include completely remodeled and refurbished housing or placement in housing comparable in condition, size and market value.’”
  • “Reducing conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians, created by congestion in the commercial core and use of the residential back street shortcut.”
  • And of course the ever-present promise of, “Providing construction jobs and increasing materials sales locally with the renovations.”

What these ‘officials’ are not talking about is why this needs doing. The answer: “Lessening environmental impact with reduced vehicle emissions and better storm water treatment,” as the website states.

They don’t care about how this new roadway affects businesses. No — this is ‘all about nature before man.’

All this falls directly in line with ‘Agenda 21,’ as more of the lake shore becomes unavailable to motorized vehicles, pets and development and planning becomes more centered on ‘foot traffic’ and ‘bicycle lanes.’ This $75 billion bypass idea was first proposed back in 1980, but shot down because it posed an economic death-blow to Stateline.

Odd, how what is old is new yet again.

The Rabbit Hole of Presidential Power

There are over 7,300 legislators, 3,100 counties and parishes, plus another 36,000 municipal governments and townships and their offices across this nation that we should be focusing on daily. Unfortunately, we spend the majority of our compliant media-driven time bickering about a person, who when elected to the Office of the Presidency, does not have the power to change anything.

We have somehow lost our perspective on exactly how important that particular office really is to our Constitutional Republic. The U.S. Constitution has the only official ‘job description’ for the President of the United States.

These are the highlights:

  • The president is the commander-in-chief of the military.
  • The president is responsible for insuring that the laws passed by Congress are executed and enforced as written.
  • The president can grant pardons for crimes other than impeachment.
  • The president can also make treaties, but only if two-thirds of the Senate agrees to the terms of those treaties.
  • The president can nominate ambassadors, Supreme Court justices, and other officers — most commonly cabinet secretaries and federal judges.  But he can only nominate them.  Again, the Senate has final approval on any nominations.
  • Must report to Congress from time to time about the state of the union and recommend whatever measures he thinks are necessary.

Furthermore, his position isn’t the ‘Leader of the Free World,’ and though he is Commander-in-Chief of the military, he is by no means the ‘U.S.’s top leader’ as a quick of Google check would have one believe. And contrary to Wikipedia’s claim, “The office of the president holds significant hard and soft power both in the United States and abroad,” it does not.

In the end, his so-called ‘hard and soft power’ remains within the purview of the U.S. Senate. And no where in the U.S. Constitution does it call the president our “leader.”

And as for the Senate and the House, we must stop calling them our “leaders,” as well, because we do not answer to them. They are our representatives and should be reminded of the fact that they answer to us.

By Ignoring the 12th Amendment, Your Vote is Being Ignored

A Republican National Committee’s Rules Committee member named Curly Haugland has let the proverbial ‘cat out of the bag.’ He says it’s the party who will decide who the GOP nominee will be, not the voters.

“The media have created the perception that the voters will decide the nomination,” said Haugland stated, “That’s the conflict here. The political parties choose their nominees, not the general public, contrary to popular belief.”

“The rules haven’t kept up,” Haugland said. “The rules are still designed to have a political party choose its nominee at a convention. That’s just the way it is. I can’t help it. Don’t hate me because I love the rules.”

“You have groups of people who are going to try to take over the rules committee,” he warned. “That could totally change everything, and mess things up with the delegates. And people across the country will be very frustrated.”

It’s important to note in all of this that the rules governing the convention itself are subject to change: A 112-member convention rules committee will meet at the start of the event and will be able to revise and set at least some of its own rules. Its members — one man and one woman from each state and territory — each elected by their peers.

Haugland has proposed a change in rules that would allow any candidate who earned at least one delegate to be submitted for nomination on the floor. That would sweep away requirements that, for the moment, precludes either Ted Cruz or John Kasich — or any of the candidates who collected delegates before dropping out of the race — from qualifying for the nomination under Rule 40, which requires a candidate to have the majority of delegates from at least eight states.

So far, the proportional allocation of delegates means front-runner Donald Trump is the only candidate to have met this mark. He has met the requirement in 11 states; Cruz has done so in just four, despite victories in 10 states.

Its time to get all political parties out of the electoral college and return it to its U.S. Constitutional standard as provided by Amendment 12 which reads in part:

“The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate…”

1974 Jury Acquits Axe Killer

While  the name Spott is important when discussing Yurok tribal  and Del Norte history in general, there is one story about the Spott name that remains folded in history. It’s the brief story of Seeley Lane Spott’s death at the age of 33.

Brief because only a few news articles mentioning either man. This includes one in which  Seeley pleaded guilty to driving on a suspended license and was placed on probation for one year, while a 10-day jail sentence was suspended as well as pleading guilty to a charge of disturbing the peace and being fined $125 for the offense in December 1969.

Seeley disappears from the public record until January 9, 1974, when he was killed sometime between 4-5 a.m., that Wednesday morning, having been stuck in the head with a small, long-handled chopping axe. His body was found, at 8 a.m., in the street near his home on Nickel Avenue in Crescent City, by a 10-year-old girl on her way to school.

Arrested the same day at his Roy Avenue home only four blocks away and held for  murder was an unemployed logger, 22-year-old Antone ‘Tony’ F. Martin Jr.  Del Norte County Sheriff Tom Lowry said the departments investigation revealed that a heated argument occurred at Spott’s home before the slaying.

Less than three-months later and after a three-week trial, a Del Norte Superior Court jury acquitted Tony of the axe slaying om March 30. His defense attorney James McKittrick had contended the death of Seeley was an act of self-defense.

According to retired Del Norte County Sheriff’s detective Richard Williams, in his 2007 book, “Mass Murder, The Ship Ashore Killings,” McKittrick later shared after the trial an insight about Tony “as being cold inside without any real regrets or feelings about his ax murder of Sealey (sic) Spott.”

Tony died July 18, 2003, at the age of 53 in Hillsboro, Oregon following a bicycle accident. He was living in Grants Pass, Oregon at the time.

Born October 28, 1951, in Corvallis, Tony was a member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps, was a logger and construction worker, and labored for several years at the Portland shipyards.

My Mom’s Portuguese Sweet Anise Bread

Tucked between two letters Mom had written me years ago, I found her recipe jus’ in time for Easter. It is one of those pleasant surprises that seem to come from out of nowhere. This was one of my childhood favorites growing up in Klamath, where I’d smother a warm slice in butter and eat it with an icy-cold glass of milk.

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup milk
1 large egg
1-1/2 tsp margarine or unsalted butter
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp anise seed
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

Combine flour, sugar, milk, egg, butter, baking powder, anise and cinnamon.
Mix thoroughly.
Pour mixture into greased 9-inch by 5-inch loaf pan.
Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Bake about 45 to 55 minutes.
Bread will puff and top may crack.
Cool five minutes in pan, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Makes one loaf

The Feds’ Extracurricular Unconstitutional Rules

To paraphrase an old line from a Humphrey Bogart movie, “Constitution? We don’t need no stinkin’ Constitution!” — especially when every federal agency in our U.S. government has an extracurricular set of unconstitutional rules by which it operated.

During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on March 8, Senator Cory Gardner asked if Congress approved the U.S. State Department’s diversion of $500 million to the UN’s Green Climate Fund. Deputy Secretary Heather Higgenbottom bluntly addressed the GOP senators’ accusation.

“Did Congress authorize the Green Climate Fund? No,” she replied.

Higginbottom also insisted they were not required to let Congress know about the transfer from the Economic Support Fund (ESF) saying, “We have reviewed our authorities and made a determination that we can make this payment to the Green Climate Fund. We do not believe we are in violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act, and clearly our lawyers and others have looked at our authorities and our abilities to do this.”

The ESF is a part of the U.S. Foreign Assistance program and has ranged from $2.5 billion in 2001 to $4.7 billion in 2015.  Yet the State Department managed to find half-a billion dollars to hand over to the UN without any accounting as to the monies use.

Garner then asked Higginbottom how the administration was able to divert and reprogram funds to meet Obama’s pledge.

“We reviewed the authorities and opportunities available to us to do that, and believe we are fully compliant with that,” she said. “I’ll be happy to follow-up with you and your staff.”

It’s clear that departmental rules are replacing the constitutional requirement that only Congress can appropriate money as stated in the U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 7, clause 1 which reads, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time ‘the rules’ superseded the U.S. Constitution and it isn’t going to be the last.

Speculation Leads to Gun Rights Violation

Seventy-four-year-old Ralph Gilbertsen is not a felon or domestic abuser, and has never been ruled dangerous to others, despite being ‘mildly bipolar,’ but Richfield Police in Minnesota confiscated his firearms anyway. He also has a concealed carry permit holder, which means he passed the in-depth background check required to get such a permit.

The retired Marine believes in Bigfoot, UFOs and thinks the government is spying on him.

“A lot of people believe these things, but they don’t want to talk about it,” he said. “I could see people being skeptical if I was saying something really outlandish, like space aliens with big heads were visiting me every night. But nobody can believe the CIA is squeaky clean. The people who think these things can’t happen, I think they’re the ones living in Alice-in-Wonderland world.”

It’s a fact that the National Security Agency is collecting electronically transmitted data on the American people and storing it in Utah.

His belief’s came to the attention of authorities in 2015 after his apartment manager expressed concern to the Hennepin Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies (COPE). Following a complaint, COPE called police to escort them to Gilbertsen’s apartment, where they confiscated a .40-caliber pistol, a .357 magnum and a .22 revolver.

His attorney Paul Baertschi says the police took away a citizen’s guns simply because of his beliefs.

“He’s what some people would say is a conspiracy theorist. It is an unusual situation,” Baertschi said. “But really, the police acted unilaterally in deciding that a person who has these beliefs can’t be trusted with a gun. And so they just took them, without a warrant.”

“Officers are often forced to make snap judgments about an individual’s mental health,” Richfield Police Department spokesman Lt. Mike Flaherty said, “The street cops nowadays have to be a psychologist. People don’t wear nameplates saying ‘paranoid schizophrenic.’ So the police have to go in there and make judgment calls.”

There is a huge difference between bipolar disorder and paranoid schizophrenia.

Minnesota law allows the seizure of firearms on mental health grounds only if an individual has been committed to a mental institution or has been ruled by a judge to be a public danger. That requires a legal finding that the person has tried to harm others or that there’s “a substantial likelihood” of harmful behavior.

SCOTUS ‘Court Rules’ Deny ‘Redress”

Justice Antonin Scalia died February 13, 2016 and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts acted swiftly, waiting less than a day after the EPA’s response brief to side with the Obama administration dismissing an earlier 5-4 ruling SCOTUS ruling that President Obama’s global warming regulations are illegal. Worse yet, he acted unilaterally, electing to reject the request himself, and not take it to the full court, which may have led to a 4-4 split.

Roberts rejected the request of 20 states to stay the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards rule, adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency three years ago. This means the regulation remains in effect while a legal battle continues over whether the EPA properly weighed costs and benefits in drafting the controversial regulation.

The administration’s initiative, which is still in the planning stages, requires states to develop plans for shifting away from fossil-fuel power plants in favor of alternative forms of energy. It also aims at reducing emissions of carbon dioxide at existing plants by about a third by 2030.

The Clean Power Plan is an essential part of Obama’s pledge to cut the country’s contribution to global warming, because the electric-power sector of the economy supposedly emits 30 to 40 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gases. Under the EPA plan, states can draw up their own plans or choose the agency’s plan.

Such action on the part of Roberts is exactly how you and I have lost control over our liberty. Rather than side with the States in this case, he sided with an unconstitutional agency of the federal government; the EPA in this situation.

The Tenth Amendment makes it very clear that the powers not given to the United States, belongs to the states or to the people. That means you and I are to be the final arbiters over our sovereignty, not the EPA, the SCOTUS or the state.

As Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to C. Hammond, July 1821: When all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated …

In this case, Jefferson was talking about King George III and the arbitrary rules he forced upon the Colonies before the War for Independence. Sadly, the SCOTUS, and Roberts in particular, are operating under another set of ‘arbitrary rules’ aptly named “Rules of the Supreme Court of the United States.”

And while not unconstitutional, they do deny the plaintiffs in this case their constitutional right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” as stated in the First Amendment. because should the states file again, the SCOTUS won’t hear the argument because Roberts has already ruled on it.

Another Social Media Troll

Here’s one of the many social media trolls I put up with on a daily basis. This guy recieves my postings on Facebook only because he’s a friend of a friend from high school — otherwise I don’t know him from Cain.

Abel Morris: Tom Darby yesterday your post mocked Trump before his rally! Now your (sic) knocking a moron who rushed at Trump while giving a speech. How about you make your mind up (sic.)

Me: How about you stop worrying about what I do or don’t do!

Abel Morris: Your stupid shit comes across my news feed! If you don’t want criticism don’t preach stupid shit!

Me: You can block my stuff if you don’t want it on your feed. Once again — worry about your shit — not mine.

Abel Morris: I’m not worried about it! I was pointing out how hypocritical you are! LOL have a nice day (sic.)

I ended up helping him avoid my ‘stupid shit’ on his ‘news feed; I blocked his ass.

It’s interesting that people find it easy to name call and be critical of others whom they don’t know, especially through social media. I doubt that even two-percent of those who are rude to me would do so in person.

Spinning Racism in a Restaurant

Tyrone Williams and Chauntyll Allen entered a Joe’s Crab Shack restaurant in Roseville, Minnesota to have dinner in celebration of Allen’s birthday. In addition to its food, the seafood chain is known for the eclectic decor at its eateries.

But when Williams and Allen sat down at their table, they noticed this old photo that was laid under the glass tabletop titled “Hanging at Groesbeck, Texas on April 12th, 1895.” A text bubble above the man being hanged reads, “All I said was, ‘I didn’t like the gumbo!’”

My first thoughts were jokes as poor in taste as the text bubble: “Come in for the hoods and robes, stay for the crab legs,” or “Hang around for the seafood gumbo,” and “Get a healthy bowl of racism with every Southern Style Catfish served.” But then, even though it was 121-year’s ago, joking over the death of a man, whether a convicted murderer or not isn’t in very good taste.

Instead of moving to another table or going else where for their lunch Allen and Williams had to make a mountain out of a molehill.

“We will no longer be eating at any Joe’s Crab Shack that supports White Supremacy and racism,” said Williams.

“They are trying to make a joke out of our black bodies being lynched and I had a real problem with that,” said Allen of the picture.

Her opinion was shared by Austin, Texas’ Black Lives Matter affiliate in a Facebook posting, “They actually used a real lynching photo.”

Unfortunately, because ignorance (or perhaps stupidity abounds) it has to be pointed out this wasn’t a lynching. It was an execution.

On May 3, 1894, a pioneer resident of Groesbeck, James Garrett McKinnon, was beaten to death with a stone and robbed. Richard Burleson was arrested for murder, tried and convicted and on April 12, 1895 the 21-year old man was legally hanged.

A great-grandson McKinnon’s researched the case and said Burleson was a freed slave who robbed his grandfather of a $20 gold piece. The two had been seen together earlier in the day.

“James offered Burleson a ride in his wagon, Burleson accepted, then clubbed James over the head with a rock,” Tom McKinnon of Arizona wrote of his research.

Prior to his execution, the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas even took up his case, upholding his conviction in the end.

Ignite, the Houston-based corporate parent of the Crab Shack chain, issued a written apology and the table removed: “We take this matter very seriously, and the photo in question was immediately removed. We sincerely apologize to our guests who were disturbed by the image.”

However, the apology is “not enough,” Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds said. She’s now pressuring the chain to make a donation to an organization focused on African-American youth.

So maybe a hefty cash infusion will wash away the ‘White guilt’ and the sins of the ‘White fathers,’ since James Garrett McKinnon life was only worth a $20 gold piece when Burleson caved his head in.

The Amplifying Local Efforts to Root out Terrorism Act of 2016

Secretive legislation ‘designed’ to help local law enforcement fight terrorism with the aid of the federal government has been introduced. H.R. 4401, the Amplifying Local Efforts to Root out Terrorism (ALERT) Act of 2016, allows “federal law enforcement to train and work closely with state and local law enforcement in using the most effective tactics and methods to counter terrorism.”

This legislation was passed by the House Homeland Security Committee on a voice vote, and has the support of 11 bipartisan cosponsors — including five Democrats and six Republicans.

But there’s more to this including terms within this bill that must be highlighted. For instance, the term “violent extremism” means “ideologically motivated international terrorism or domestic terrorism,” as defined in section 2331 of title 18, United States Code.

“International terrorism” reads the section, is “activities that involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or of any State.” Furthermore, the term “domestic terrorism” means “activities that involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State.

Both involve an act to “appear to be intended” (which means to give the impression of being in a certain way) to “intimidate or coerce a civilian population; to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping.”  But then the federal government’s view of “ideology” as shown in the U.S. Air Force’s July 2011 ‘0910 Equal Opportunity and Treatment Incidents’ lesson plan remains questionable:

“As noted, an ideology is a set of political beliefs about the nature of people and society. People who are committed to an ideology seek not only to persuade but to recruit others to their belief. In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.”

Finally, there’s the 2012 document, “Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism,” produced by the ‘National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism,’ in which the following characteristics are used to identify (domestic) terrorists:

“Americans who believe their “way of life” is under attack; Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”; People who consider themselves “anti-global” (presumably those who are wary of the loss of American sovereignty); Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”; Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty”; People who “believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.”

The report also lists people opposed to abortion and “groups that seek to smite the purported enemies of God and other evildoers,” Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, or own gold and even people who fly a U.S. flag as terrorists. Oh, and don’t forget the FBI says using cash to pay for a cup of coffee is suspicious.

FCC Democrats Caved to Obama on Net Neutrality

A case challenging ‘net neutrality’ is making its way through the courts, and it’s revealing some interesting information. For example documents show that while the Federal Communications Commission was creating the regulation — it was working with the Obama administration, keeping it abreast with where it was in the process.

As this continues, Senator and Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ron Johnson released a report titled, “Regulating the Internet: How the White House Bowled over FCC Independence.”  In it, he highlights problems in the process by which the agency arrived at its net neutrality order, being litigated in federal court.

In 2014, after being overruled in court, the FCC had an open hearing to again consider how to carry out net neutrality.   However, shortly after the 2014 elections, President Obama urged the FCC to “implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.”

In particular, he wanted the FCC to unilaterally assert authority over Internet service providers (ISP) under Title II of the Communications Act, which allows for the regulation of “common carriers” as public utilities. The report points to evidence of a “pause” and a change in the FCC’s course after the President’s comments.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and staff were finishing work on a different approach in November 2014 before Obama’s comments. However, shortly afterwards, Wheeler instructed his staff to draft an order following the President’s proposal of a Title II reclassification.

This rule prohibits ISP’s from charging for legal content flow through their networks. To enforce this, the FCC reclassified broadband as a more highly regulated telecommunications service.

Obama appointed Wheeler, a Democrat, as FCC chairman. The agency’s Democratic majority pushed through the regulations by a 3-2 vote in February 2015.

Details of the report also include the fact that before the White House’s announcement in support of Title II reclassification, the staff worked over the weekend to provide Wheeler with a draft Open Internet Order, adopting a “hybrid approach,” to be considered on the FCC’s December 2014 Open Meeting, but after Obama’s statement there was confusion and the rapid timetable for completing the draft Open Internet Order was “paused.”

The FCC employees also raised concerns about following proper notice-and-comment rules, as required under the Administrative Procedure Act. They advised that the record to support Title II reclassification was lacking and needed more public comments, but despite this, the agency chose not to seek additional public comment, and proceeded with the president’s preferred policy outcome.

Finally, over the course of the committee’s investigation, the FCC refused to provide key responsive documents. Moreover, in the e-mails provided to the committee show there was an attempt by some to thwart transparency and avoid ex-parte filings.

In the end, net neutrality isn’t neutral at all. Instead it is a ‘play on words,’ meant to abridge free Internet commerce and a violation of the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

The Mouse That Came for Coffee

About a week before the Disney Store permanently closed its doors at Meadowood Mall, I went to see what they had for sale. That’s where I found a very unique looking Mickey Mouse coffee mug.

Since I consider this mug to be somewhat special, I don’t often use it. Beside, it’s so large that I generally have to heat the coffee in it a number of times because it goes cold too quick.

Anyway, recently I decided to use it and after filling it up I went out side to enjoy a little sunshine and to play fetch with the dogs. Half an hour later I came in the house and sat down at my computer to do some research and to write.

Two-hours later I stopped to reheat my cup of coffee, only to discover I couldn’t find it. I searched all through the house looking for, even checking in the microwave, the cupboards and the refrigerator-freeze, jus’ in case I had a brain-fart and set it down in one of those places.

But my search turned up nothing. While still vexed, I decided to grab another cup and pour myself some more coffee and return to my computer.

The following day I again took up the search for the missing mug; even digging through the kitchen trash can and the large green monster in the garage. Still I couldn’t find it.

By the second day I had pretty much put it’s disappearance out of my head, telling myself it would suddenly show up when I wasn’t looking for the damned thing.

Three days after I had last seen it, I went outside to see what the dogs were up too as sometimes their quietness makes me think they are up to no good. As I stepped out on the back porch, I noticed my Mickey Mouse cup sitting on the fence rail – right where I suddenly remembered placing it.

“Doh!” as Homer Simpson would say.

Happy that it really wasn’t lost, I walked over and picked it up. It was still half full of coffee as well as something else.

A little set of eyes peered up at me as I held the cup. A small mouse had fallen into the coffee cup and it was dog-paddling for all that it was worth.

Squatting on the cement pad and gently tipping the cup on its side, I dumped both the cold coffee and exhausted mouse out onto the concrete. At first I thought the strain of swimming to keep it’s head above the surface had proved to be too much; the mouse lay unmoving a my feet.

It was still breathing, but doing little else and I was sure that it was a goner. However after a few seconds it rolled over, stood up, shook itself (which looked more like a spasm than shaking) and scurried off into some dead leaved gathered at the base of our fence.

After taking the cup into the house and giving it a thorough washing, I couldn’t help smile at the fact that I had a real mouse swimming inside my Mickey Mouse coffee cup.

Eighteen Years Later and We’ve Learned Nothing

Minnesotans elected pro-wrestler Jesse Ventura as their governor in 1998. Ventura ran on the Reform Party platform, promising to cut the size and scope of government, class sizes and he supported public debate on legalized prostitution.

His governorship started out fine, but the economy took a downturn and the legislature turned its back on Ventura. Throwing a temper-tantrum, he started staying home, refusing to go to the capitol and badmouthing anyone who criticized him.

About two years later Ventura asked Donald Trump to run for president on the Reform Party ticket. Trump promised fair trade, universal health care and claimed Oprah Winfrey would be his ideal running mate.

Then in early February Ventura became angry with the Reform Party and withdrew from the faction. Shortly after, Trump ended his campaign as well.

The anger with Clinton Administration that brought Ventura to the governorship of Minnesota is identical to the anger American’s are feeling with the Obama Administration. They’re pissed at what’s happening and see nothing to lose by tossing out the old guard and embracing an untested one.

In the end, Ventura’s governorship didn’t work out because of the wish to seek some sort of retribution against those seen as having created the problem. It didn’t work then, it won’t work now and it will not work after January 2017.

As the saying goes, “A knight in shining armor is one whose metal has never been truly tested.”

Standing for the U.S. Constitution Means You’re a Domestic Terrorist

Domestic terror groups seem to pose a greater threat to the U.S. than Daesh (ISIS,) al Qaeda or the Taliban joined, according to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was in Portland on Thursday, bragging about the arrest of 19 political prisoners by her Department of Justice (DOJ.)

“The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the American people and defending the rule of law,” said. Lynch. “Today’s actions make clear that we will not tolerate the use of threats or force against federal agents who are doing their jobs. We will continue to protect public land on behalf of the American people, uphold federal law, and ensure that those who employ violence to express their grievances with the government will be apprehended and held accountable for their crimes.”

Odd how she stated, “I condemn the senseless acts of violence by some individuals in Baltimore that have resulted in harm to law enforcement officers, destruction of property and a shattering of the peace in the city of Baltimore,” but never made a single arrest in the situation, though there was news footage showing the unlawful actions.

And then of Ferguson, she declared: “The residents of Ferguson have suffered the deprivation of their constitutional rights, the rights guaranteed to all Americans, for decades. They have waited decades for justice. They should not be forced to wait any longer,” as she announced plans to persecute the city’s police force.

Talk about turning things upside down and inside out. Yet it’s only getting worse as the DOJ, plans to combat the constitutionally abiding citizen by creating the ‘Domestic Terrorism Counsel.  Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, who oversees national security at the DOJ, announced the new position that will coordinate the investigation and prosecution of so-called ‘anti-government and hate groups.’

In making his proclamation, Carlin pointed to such high-profile attacks as the racially motivated Charleston church shooting in June 2015 or the murder of two Las Vegas police officers by a white supremacist couple in June 2014. Unfortunately he failed to point out the violent rioting, the burning and looting that happened in both Ferguson and Baltimore.

To top that off, FBI Director James Comey is showing his complete ignorance of the U.S. Constitution  claiming, “Our democracy provides lawful ways individuals can respond if they disagree with their government, but if you resort to violence or threats, you will be held accountable under the law.”

First, we are a constitutional republic and secondly the federal government has no legal claim to land in Nevada or any other state. Finally, he appears to not care about the first or second amendments, which say we have the right to assemble peaceably, redress the government, speak out against heat same government and to use arms to protect and defend the Constitution for tyranny.

Meanwhile, 19 political prisoners remain charged with conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S. and conspiracy to impede or injure a federal officer. They also face charges of  using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence; assault on a federal officer; threatening a federal law enforcement officer; obstruction of justice, interference with interstate commerce by extortion and interstate travel in aid of extortion.

So far not a single piece of evidence, like a picture or video has surfaced showing any of the people charged in this indictments acted in a threatening manner. On the other hand, there is a damning piece of video showing the murder of LaVoy Finicum, by unidentified agents of the federal government and the state of Oregon.

The government is creating a false narrative by changing what you and I know is right and true, parsing words and using the compliant media to spread it’s evil propaganda. The only way of putting a halt to such encroachment to our liberties is through the recognition of the state over the federal government and the people over the state as provided by Article 10 of the U.S. Constitution, which reads, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

‘Area 6’ — Nevada’s Other Secret Site

Built in 2002, the complex of buildings include a large hangar with clam-shell doors at the southern end of an asphalt strip. The complex has no official name and not many people even know it’s there.

 

Known locally as ‘Area 6.’ the site has only fences and visitor checkpoints and seen from the Mercury highway at the northern end of Yucca Flat. But exactly what goes on at there remains top-secret.

In fact the National Nuclear Security Administration’s kept Area 6 at such a low profile that few defense industry experts are aware of its existence. The National Nuclear Security Administration is a semi-autonomous branch of the Energy Department with a Nevada field office, based in North Las Vegas.

A safety analysis of Yucca Mountain nuclear storage facilities, written by Bechtel SAIC, has a description of the airfield:

“The purpose of this facility is to construct, operate, and test a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles. Tests include, but are not limited to, air-frame modifications, sensor operation, and on board computer development. A small, manned chase plane is used to track the unmanned aerial vehicles…”

Area 6 activities include research and development of sensors for detecting explosive materials, deadly gases and chemicals, and radioactive sources that could be used in “dirty bombs.” The facility’s manned by at least 80 people, includes maintenance areas and is also used by the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

Two DoE environmental studies say the base operates four to six UAV flights and two to four manned flights per day, flying mainly over the dry lake bed at altitudes under 12,000 feet. Furthermore, several classified Lockheed UAVs have been tested at airfields along the range, though which haven’t been disclosed.

Funding for Area 6 comes through the ‘Strategic Partnership Program,’ (SPP) which was part of the $84 million budgeted for the entire security site for the fiscal year 2015. In March 2010, President Obama spoke of SPP during the Export-Import Bank Annual Conference: “We’ll create public-private partnerships to help firms break into new markets with the help of those who have been there — shipping and supply-chain companies, for example.”

However, much of that SPP money comes from Defense Department branches including the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. So it leaves one to wonder — what sort of ‘public-private partnerships,’ are being forged in Nevada’s vast and under-populated desert?

George ‘C.J.’ Shotwell, 1979-2016

“We don’t meet people by accident. They’re meant to cross our paths for a reason,” goes the old saw.

C.J. Shotwell wasn’t here for very long, six or seven days, maybe. And to be honest, I didn’t really know him all that well as we only chit-chatted while out in Gary’s garage.

George 'C.J.' Shotwell

A hard-rock miner by trade, he’d arrived one late night after Gary drove to Winnemucca to pick him. He wanted to come to the Reno/Sparks area to quit drinking and drugging.

Every time I saw C.J., he was smiling and joking. But I could also tell that something was off – there was deep sadness and a hidden anger that he desperately tried to suppress.

After a few days, both C.J. and Gary knew it wasn’t working. And instead of checking into a rehab program offered through the Salvation Army, C.J. chose to return home and to his girlfriend.

Gary didn’t have the car that day, so he asked if I’d take C.J. down to the train station so he could catch the east bound Amtrak home. Since I was looking for something to do out of the ordinary, I said yes.

If C.J. happened to be disappointed in himself, I couldn’t tell. I shook his hand and wished him well as he climbed out my truck and grabbed the two bags from my pickups’ bed.

That was about three weeks ago — the last time I saw him. And it will be the last time too.

Sometime during the night of Thursday, March 3, when the Devil had him in his grip, C.J. found a secluded spot behind a motel and hanged his self. The following morning as the sun broke over Sonoma Peak, someone discovered his body.

His death has hit Gary and his wife Autumn pretty hard as they struggle to reach out to C.J.’s family to let them know what has happened. As for me, I’m thinking, reflecting and waiting to realize why we crossed paths.

Tonight, I say yet another prayer for C.J. – this time asking for God’s tender mercies.

The Federal Land Grab in Texas Continues

The Bureau of Land Management is claiming that a number of Texas ranches don’t actually belong to the ranchers, but rather to the federal government. This is in despite of each rancher having a deed for their property and having paid property taxes on the land each year.

The BLM’s claim — the land shouldn’t have been sold in the first place. However, at least one rancher, Ken Aderholt, isn’t giving up his property without a fight.

Aderholt’s family has lived and raised cattle on the land for the past 70 years. Yet in 2014, the rancher received a phone call from the BLM representative who claimed that 625 acres of his property actually belonged to the federal government.

 

The representative said the discovery was made when the government began “redefining” boundary lines along the Red River, which runs along the border between Oklahoma and Texas. So by redefining the boundary to half-a-mile inland, the change affects the size of Aderholt’s property.

Despite pointing out he has a deed showing he’s the owner the BLM’s still claiming they own the 625 acres adding that the Texas should never have produced that deed as it never belongs to the state. Now, the BLM says it plans to take his property from him ‘legally.’

The BLM hasn’t said what it’ll do with the land, but if history has shown us anything, it could be converted into public bird watching, horseback riding, or even be condemned. Furthermore, the BLM could lease the land back to Aderholt, or worse it could lease it to someone else entirely.

Remember, the federal government doe not have the right to act independent of the U.S. Constitution.

Sheriff Stops FDA from Giving Dairy a Raw Deal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) harassed a dairy farmer and made several warrantless searches of his property all because he produced raw milk. It started after the farmer provided the raw milk to an organic food co-op, where participants paid money into the co-op and, in return, received the raw milk.

 

Elkhart County, Indiana Sheriff Brad Rogers became involved in the case in 2011 when the farmer complained to him. He emailed the Department of Justice (DOJ), writing:

“I understand that you have made recent requests to (the farmer) for documents and to appear before a grand jury, and he has had a number of inspections and attempted inspections on his farm within Elkhart County. This is notice that any further attempts to inspect this farm without a warrant signed by a judge, based on probable cause, will result in federal inspectors’ removal or arrest for trespassing by my officers or I.

In addition, if any further action is taken by the federal government on (the farmer), while he is in Elkhart County, I will expect that you or federal authorities contact my office prior to such action. I will expect you to forward this information to your federal associates, including the FDA.”

Shortly after sending the email, the farmer received a certified letter from the DOJ cancelling his grand jury subpoena. And no federal inspectors have visited the farm since 2011.

Rogers is a member of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.and been with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department for 27 years. He also practices what he preaches.

Pamela Jean Sadler, 1963-2016

It’s always difficult to lose a friend to death. My friend Pam Sadler died following an asthma attack and I can’t help but feel her loss.

Pam Sadler

We worked at the same radio company and only ever saw enough of each other long enough to say a simple hello, a nod or a smile as we passed each other. I was a part of the air staff, working nights and graveyard, while she worked in sales during the day.

So it is easy to see that we really had no chance of meeting — that is until chance intervened. It was the early morning hours of November 14, 2010 – I was working in the news room when I heard a noise coming from the sales office area.

Quietly, I walked into the maze of cubicles while listening to the sound of a woman softly crying. Near the farthest wall I found Pam, sitting at her desk with a tissue covering her eyes.

“Are you okay?” I asked as quietly as possible.

She jumped in her seat and let out an expletive adding, “You scared me!”

“I’m sorry,” I replied, asking again, “Are you alright?”

“Yes,” she said at first, quickly changing her answer, “No, I’m really frustrated.”

And that’s how I officially met Pam. We spent the next 15-20 minutes talking about life, work, children, hopes and dreams.

It was one of the best conversations I can ever recall having such a short time-span. I had to return to do the news at the top of the hour and she left for home, hoping to get a couple of hours of sleep before returning to work.

When I got home that morning, I switched on my computer to check my Facebook page. There I found this message waiting for me:

“Thank you again for talking with me this morning. It made me evaluate what I need to take care of and to take care of me for a change. I’m just going to focus on what I love to do and do my best at it. Thank you to my newest friend. This will be a conversation only held between you and me. By the way — sorry for making you nervous this morning. Have a good day and week. – Pam”

I’m so glad I saved that message – almost as happy about that as I’m sad that she’s gone from this earth.

Nevada AG Opposes New EPA Rules

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt has filed a brief endorsing a multi-state legal fight against President Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. The brief says only the states have the right to decide pollution emission standards.

“We are repeatedly seeing more federal regulation that is less tied to the actual text of the laws that federal agencies claim is the basis for their rules,” Laxalt said in a statement.

Environmentalists immediately criticized the filing. In fact , the group ‘Climate Parents’ claims Laxalt is choosing the interests of out-of-state coal corporations over the health of children, communities and the climate.

Called the Clean Power Plan, the rules limit carbon dioxide production starting in 2022 with the final goal in Nevada in 2030 of 855 pounds per megawatt-hour. Nevada’s expected to meet the target without difficulty, achieving a level of 578 pounds of carbon dioxide by that year by one estimate.

More than two dozen states are appealing the rules in a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The U.S. Supreme Court put enforcement of the rules on hold pending the appeals process.

Meanwhile, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is downplaying the AG’s filing, claiming that “the attorney general is simply offering his legal opinion.”

The Esau Effect

As I sat reading Genesis 25 and 26 — the story of Esau and Jacob — a tiny thought crept its way into my brain and lodge itself there so it could fester. I went to bed thinking of the two brothers and their life-long struggle over birthrights and blessings and I awoke to the same come the next day.

There was a lesson in the story, but I had to find it before I could share it. I had to understand it before I could find the lesson and why the story had become so overwhelming to me.

It took me a week to winnow things out. In the end it came down to Esau, who also in the end lost both his birthright, first through stupidity and then secondly, his father’s blessing through trickery.

I’ve boiled it down to this: Have we lost our birthright because of our stupidity and are we about to lose our blessings from our Father due to trickery?

Since childhood, I’ve watched as the American people have given up their God-given rights without so much as a fuss or a whimper. In that same time I’ve witnessed our Constitutional Republic slip closer and closer to a democracy – which in the end is the greatest wish of the Anarchists.

(Democracy with a lower case ‘d’ is a social condition of classlessness and equality; Anarchy is a state of disorder due to the absence or non-recognition of authority. Thus democracy eventually falls away into anarchy due to the human condition.)

And every four years I’ve watched as candidates come and go, many providing pledges and services that they cannot hope to provide. Yet, the people fall for the trickery because of their stupidity.

As I see the juggernaut that is the Donald Trump campaign, I can’t help but see the pattern Esau fell for twice. First is the taking of our birthright, and then comes the taking of all our blessings.

Here is why I see it the way I do: Trump is not a part of the ‘establishment,’ an outsider to the Republican electoral processes and thus hated for his current success. However the people love him for his brash-outspokenness and ability to channel their anger from what they see as an injustice done to the nation they love.

Yet they are blind in my opinion to the back room deals being made to keep the king from the throne. Yes, I’m claiming that the Progressive Democratic Party and the Progressive Republican Party are working hand in hand with one another to prevent Trump from winning the presidency, because he’ll upset the ‘things as they are’ way of Washington D.C. politics and not in a good way.

Many people have mistaken Trump’s tough-talking rhetoric for strong American leadership, when in fact it is far from that of a leader. Plainly stated, Trump is an angry, narcissistic, bully of a man as shown by these selected comments:

• “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Trump told Iowa supporters.

• “I mean I had a rating – 68-percent would not leave under any circumstance. I think that means murder, I think it means anything, OK?” Trump said of his supporters during a rally in Sparks, Nevada.

• “I’d like to punch him in the face,” Trump said, about a man disrupting his rally the eve before the Nevada caucuses.

I cannot help think that anyone, big or small, who has ever crossed him in the slightest – especially during this campaign season — will be a target for his wrath should he be elected.

It isn’t hard to look back into the recent past of the 20th century to find a similar situation and to learn how it unfolded. Lutheran Preacher Dietrich Bonhoeffer comes to mind was a Lutheran Pastor who was an influential critic of Adolf Hitler and Nazism.

He publicly spoke against the Nazi policy of euthanasia and the murder of Jews. The day Hitler became the Fuehrer, he had Bonhoeffer arrested and imprisoned and eventually executed in May 1945.

And before you accuse me of claiming Trump is the next Hitler, let me go on record to say that I do not believe for a second. I am simply using this historical reference to make my point that we are going down a road that can have no good outcome for America or her people.

Lastly, I’m not advocating voting for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. On the contrary as they are the antithesis of what America’s values are about: on the one hand you have a woman whose plagued by her own egotistical dishonesty while on the other you have a man who is an avowed Socialist, a believer in a system of governance that has led to the death of millions around the world.

Neither is a Constitutional candidate. But then again neither is Trump.

So how does the story of Esau turn out? Esau’s attitude is too common today as far too many cry out, “Give me what I want. I want it now. I want it regardless of its cost. Give me my indulgences — I do not care about the consequences!”

We are Esau and we’re about to suffer a horrible trick.

Progressive Politician Calls for Restricting Free Speech

Former Republican presidential candidate Jim Gilmore is criticizing the compliant media for giving free air time to Donald Trump. Gilmore also accused the Republican National Committee of outsourcing the debates to the networks, resulting in “a food fight that looks like the Jerry Springer show.”

“He also by the way said he didn’t have to spend any money because he gets all free broadcasting. And that’s what we’re doing right now. We’re giving him free time right now. And that’s an issue that has to be addressed in the future, as the FCC needs to address this problem of the free advertising they’re giving to selected candidates like Donald Trump,” Gilmore said.

As of February 20, the network evening shows of ABC, CBS and NBC have devoted 51 percent of all their coverage of Republican candidates to Trump. Comparatively, the next two most covered candidates, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, received 25 and 10 percent of the coverage, respectively.

He also said he would support the eventual Republican nominee to avoid another Democrat in the White House.

“I intend to endorse and support the Republican candidate for president because the alternative is either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders,” she said, adding, “They’re both talking about giving away everything and not doing anything to grow the economy.”

Gilmore, a former governor of Virginia, ended his presidential campaign on February 12 after poor showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, which is a good thing, seeing how he wants to restrict the First Amendment. It’s amazing how Progressive eventually show their true colors, isn’t it?

Arizona Fights Back Against Federal Gun Control

The Arizona House approved a measure on February 16 prohibiting the state from using resources, including people and funds, to enforce federal gun control laws. House Bill 2300 forbids state and local agencies from carrying out of any federal regulation restricting the right to own a personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition.

Any federal action would be considered unconstitutional if it “infringes the right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution or that impairs that right in violation of Article 2, Section 26 of the Arizona constitution. It also bans the use of state assets or money in the enforcement of any forthcoming federal gun restrictions.

The bill has a provision designed to make sure local law enforcement doesn’t ignore it. It would bar state payments to cities and towns that don’t follow the enforcement ban and imposes civil and criminal penalties on violators.

Similarly, Senate Bill 1452, introduced on February 2, declares that “Any executive order or action that limits the rights guaranteed to a citizen of this state by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and that is not consistent with the constitutions of the United States and this state is an unlawful executive order or action and is not recognized in this state.”

Two other gun bills saw introduction,  including HB 2524 which allows Arizona to agree with other states not to put new restrictions on firearms transfers and HB 2338, which bars schools or universities from banning gun owners from carrying concealed weapons in their vehicles on public roads going through school property.

The legislation rests on the legal principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine, based on four Supreme Court cases dating back to 1842 with Printz v. U.S. serving as the cornerstone. Simply put, the federal government cannot force states to help carry out or enforce any federal act or program.

The federal government relies heavily on state cooperation to carry out and enforce its regulations and by withdrawing the necessary cooperation, states can nullify many federal actions.

Death in a Debtor’s Prison Cell

He died in a Box Elder County, Utah jail cell shortly after being taken into custody, but Rex Iverson, 45, wasn’t there for a criminal act. He was there on a civil judgment — not paying an ambulance bill.

On Christmas Eve 2013, Iverson had to be taken to the hospital via ambulance. Unfortunately, because he was unemployed he couldn’t pay and in September 2014 a justice court small claims judgment against Iverson said had to pay the $2,376.92 bill.

When he couldn’t pay, he was arrested and jailed. The next day he was found dead in a holding cell.

At 1:10 pm, January 22, 2016, a deputy spoke with Iverson to find out if he would be able to post bail on the offense. When the deputy returned half an hour later to begin the booking process, Iverson was found unresponsive in the cell.

Iverson’s death is under investigation by the Northern Utah Critical Incident Investigative Team. So far foul play is not suspected.

Imprisoning someone because he or she cannot afford to pay a court-imposed fine or fee violates the Fourteenth Amendment of due process and equal protection under the law.

Section 1 reads in part:

“No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

And because Iverson and other people like him are unemployed or don’t have the money to hire an attorney, and since “justice court” isn’t considered a “criminal court,” defendants are often left to the ‘mercy’ of the system and with our proper legal representation. This is clearly a violation of the Sixth amendment, which clearly states:

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”

Like the late musician Frank Zappa asked in a 1991 Spin Magazine interview, “If you don’t know what your rights are, how can you stand up for them?”

The So-called Missing 13th

The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is far different than the one originally proposed. The current amendment abolishes slavery and involuntary servitude.

It was passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, and by the House on January 31, 1865 and ratified by the states on December 6, 1865 and reads as follows:

Section 1.
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Section 2.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

However, 36-years before the following note appeared on page 23, Vol. 1 of the ‘New York Revised Statutes:

“In the edition of the Laws of the U.S. before referred to, there is an amendment printed as article 13, prohibiting citizens from accepting titles of nobility or honor, or presents, offices, &c. from foreign nations. But, by a message of the president of the United States of the 4th of February, 1818, in answer to a resolution of the house of representatives, it appears that this amendment had been ratified only by 12 states, and therefore had not been adopted.

See Vol. IV of the printed papers of the 1st session of the 15th congress, No. 76.” In 1854, a similar note appeared in the Oregon Statutes. Both notes refer to the Laws of the United States, 1st vol. p. 73 (or 74).”

This so-called “missing” 13th Amendment reads as follows:

“If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive, or retain any title of nobility or honour, or shall without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office, or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince, or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them.”

What a different nation the U.S. might be had it been ratified.

Martin

There was something about the thin-armed, beer-bellied man as he walked along the sidewalk and passed the house. He had a thin, stringy beard and a severely receding hair line with the unkempt ends hanging over his tee-shirt collar.

“Good afternoon,” I called out.

“Good afternoon,” he replied as he continued up the street.

Yes. There was something that was vaguely familiar about the guy, but I couldn’t put my finger on it at the moment.

That night as I lay in bed hoping for sleep to overtake me, I thought about him again. Perhaps I’d seen him at the local Walmart or maybe the Save Mart – I couldn’t remember – but I knew I’d seen him someplace as I tend to recall faces all the time.

Then it hit me like a bolt out of the blue, a jarring memory that sent me sitting upright and absolved of all thought or want of sleep at that very moment. It was a stinging memory that I’d laid to rest years ago – but was suddenly walking through my neighborhood like a real Zombie.

“Martin,” I gasped.

He and I first crossed paths in early 1986. I’d been living in a boarding-house on Tripp Drive in Reno for a several months when Martin rented the room directly across from mine.

Martin was five years younger than me and because of this, his lack of body mass and extraordinarily hairless moustache on his upper lip, I considered him a kid. And as first impressions go, he set my alarm bell off as being a sneak.

And it didn’t take too long for my impression to prove itself out.

One Monday morning as I was leaving for work, I noticed my VW Bug’s front end pushed away from the curb. Furthermore, it had a nasty crack in the newly purchased fiberglass wheel well I’d recently installed.

Rushing back inside, I asked the landlord if she knew anything about what had happened to my car. She didn’t have a clue.

So, I went up stairs and knocked on Martin’s door. I told him about my car and he swore he had no knowledge of what had happened to cause the body damage.

Not wanting to be late for work, I drove off. However, I didn’t stop puzzling over the fact that my car was moved a good eight-inches from the curb and there was hefty crack in the body.

After work I drove home and parked in my usual spot. As I sat there it occurred to me that the landlord’s big old 1972 Chevy station wagon was recently moved.

Since she no longer drove, and the only time the ‘Beast’ as she called it moved was when I took her to the market to do her weekly shopping on Friday’s, I knew it had been driven. I had to find out by who, because I concluded that person had run the Beast’s bumper into my car.

“Did you take the car out?” I asked Ethel.

“No,” she answered, “You know I’m not allowed to drive anymore.”

“I know,” I replied, “But I had to ask. Anyone else drive your car since Friday evening?”

“No one,” she returned, “The keys are in my purse like always.”

Two days later, as I came in the front door and headed for the stairs, Ethel stopped me and in a near whisper told me, “Patsy from next door told me she saw someone she didn’t recognize driving the car late Sunday night. She described Martin.”

“So, do you want him out, because I’ll kick his ass down the stairs and out the front door, right now?” I asked.

“No. You can’t do that,” she countered, “I can’t very well simply accuse him of taking my car with proof. But do keep an eye on him.”

By now my rage was seething slightly below explosive. All I need was an excuse to pop him up along side of the head and drag him outside and give him a real smack down. I didn’t have to wait very long.

One evening I returned home from working overtime to discover my door unsecured. Every morning before I left the house I pulled it hard and rattled the knob to make certain it was locked.

As I pushed the door open, I looked around the room, but could find nothing missing. This caused me to question my recollection – perhaps I failed to double-check my door after all.

But that doubt was put to rest the next day as I realized a pocket knife I’d had in a desk drawer was missing. I searched high and low and never found it.

Then that evening, I was putting away my skivvies when I discovered both my birth certificate and my expired passport missing. They had been neatly tucked under the paper drawer-liner for safe keeping.

That seething rage became an explosive inferno as I stepped across the hall and pounded on Martin’s door. There was no answer, yet I felt certain he was inside cowering, so I pushed the door in by force.

I was wrong – Martin wasn’t in his room – but I wasn’t about to let an opportunity to search his room slip by me.

After trashing the place, I found absolutely nothing. He either had it so well hidden that it would take a team of detectives to find my stuff or he had taken it with him to wherever he disappeared.

Quietly, I sat up throughout much of the night waiting for the little asshole to return. He never did and eventually, Ethel had me clean out his room and repair the door so she could rent the space out to another boarder.

A few weeks later, with Mary moving to the area, we rented an apartment on Sutro Street where we would live for the next 12 years. As I was moving my stuff out of the boarding house I learned than Martin had also robbed me of a 20-dollar gold piece that I’d had hidden in my shaking kit and tucked under my bed.

There was nothing that could be done about any of it, so I resolved to let it go and move forward. Then about four-years later, as I pulled into the nearby Albertston’s on Oddie Blvd., I saw Martin coming out of the store with several grocery bags in his arms.

“Here, let me help you with those,” I offered with happiness in my voice.

Martin, not recognizing me at all, gladly allowed me to take five of the bags from him as he fished out his car keys out of his pocket. Behind him trailed a woman, a baby carrier in her arms.

Joyfully, I helped him load the truck with his groceries as his wife buckled the carrier into the back seat. That’s when I surprised him, saying, “I’d really like to have my birth certificate and passport back, Martin.”

His head snapped back and his face went pale as he knew instantly who I was and what I was talking about. Still a scrawny, stick figure of a man, he must have sensed I was more than willing to kick his ass if he got smart-mouthed or resisted me in anyway.

A fast as a ground-squirrel, he hoping behind the wheel and slammed his door shut; slapping the button lock down to make certain I couldn’t open the door and yank him out. I heard him yell at his wife to forget strapping the car seat down and to get in quick.

She had to scramble to get in the passenger seat as he had the car in gear and was pulling away within seconds of learning my identity. Martin nearly hit a mother and daughter as they came out of the grocery store and headed across the parking lot.

Yes, I could have followed him – but I decided not too. Instead I savored the fear of god I had jus’ put into the little man as he disappeared down the road.

That was the last time I saw Martin, that is until he walked by my home a few days ago.

The funny thing is that for years I’ve been trying to get a certified copy of my birth certificate from the federal government since I was born overseas as a military dependent, but to no avail, because I don’t have the hospital registry number. Then about a month ago, I accidentally stumbled on a copy that my parents placed in a ‘school record’s book,’ they started when I was baby – so now I have the necessary number.

Maybe it’s time I invite Martin over for cup of coffee. The whole idea makes me laugh.

Taking a Bite Out of Apple

In September 2013, Apple CEO Tim Cook joined first lady Michelle Obama during President Obama’s State of the Union address. Ironic how fast the tables turned from favor to opposition.

That’s because the Department of Justice and its law enforcement arm, the FBI are trying to force Apple to create a custom software application that will help the agency break into a seized phone. Apple doesn’t want to do that, because it would be creating a security flaw in its own privacy protections, which could then be exploited, both lawfully and unlawfully.

And the DOJ/FBI are using a 227-year-old statute known as the ‘All Writ’s Act of 1789.’ So what is this All Writs Act?

  • (a) The Supreme Court and all courts established by Act of Congress may issue all writs necessary or appropriate in aid of their respective jurisdictions and agreeable to the usages and principles of law.
  • (b) An alternative writ or rule nisi may be issued by a justice or judge of a court which has jurisdiction.
  • (June 25, 1948, ch. 646, 62 Stat. 944; May 24, 1949, ch. 139, § 90, 63 Stat. 102.)

(A ‘nisi’ or ‘rule nisi’ is a court order that does not have any force unless a particular condition’s met. Once met the ruling becomes absolute and is binding.)

It was part of the Judiciary Act of 1789, which created the federal court system and George Washington signed it into law. In essence it gives the court power to issue orders that do not fall under a pre-existing law.

It serves as a procedural tool for courts dealing with odd and miscellaneous issues that haven’t been covered by other laws yet. And if interpreted broadly, it could undermine the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which reads in part: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…”

If U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym decides in favor of the government, she’ll set a precedent making it easier for any agencies to force a company (or individual) to comply no matter the reason or outcome.  As stated by Thomas Jefferson, “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”

The Instrument of Plunder

“How is it that the law enforcer itself does not have to keep the law? How is it that the law permits the state to lawfully engage in actions which, if undertaken by individuals, would land them in jail?” — Frédéric Bastiat, from his 1850 pamphlet, “The Law.”

In July 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency decided that federal law allows it to “garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order.” The EPA claims this new authority by citing the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, approved under the Clinton administration.

Apparently, the DCIA gives all federal agencies the power to conduct administrative wage garnishment. The agency also pointed to a Department of Treasury rule from 2011 outlining debt collection for various agencies, including the EPA.

“Administrative Wage Garnishment would apply only after EPA attempts to collect delinquent debts and after Treasury attempts to collect delinquent debts through other means prior to any action,” giving the debtor the opportunity to “review, contest or enter into a repayment agreement.”

Americans have had to contend with such actions before. In fact, this same thing was addressed in a list of grievances by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence: “He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent out hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance,” as well as “imposing Taxes on us without our Consent.”

The amount of money the EPA has collected in fines has increased steadily since President Obama took office. In 2012, the agency took in $252 million in fines, up from just $96 million in 2009.

This is what Bastiat meant when he also wrote, “It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.”

Where Consensus Rules Over Facts

A photographer has captured an image of a dead polar bear that he claims starved to death because of climate change. Sebastian Copeland was in the Canadian Arctic when he came across the animal’s emaciated corpse surrounded in molted fur on a patch of rocky ground.

Copeland claims it serves as an illustration of what polar bears face as the sea ice retreats, making it harder to hunt seals and forcing them further inland for food. His supposition’s bolstered by other climate change expert who’re warning that the Arctic could be completely free of ice in just 40 years.

Along with the polar bears, these experts say an estimated 150,000 penguins have been wiped out in Antarctica. The journal Antarctic Science says in 2010 an iceberg blocked access to the penguins’ natural feeding areas reducing the population to just a few thousand.

Yet, you and I are supposed to believe that the polar bear population is being threatened by a lack of icebergs. And honestly, even the experts like Polar Bear International, National Wildlife Federation or World Wildlife Federation can agree on the number of polar bears in the world.

In the end, it comes down to this: either there’s deadly ice in the polar ice caps or there’s not enough for survival – but you can have it both ways.

There’s NO Divide Along Party-lines

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t wait for Justice Antonin Scalia’s body to reach room temperature before saying he would give any President Obama nominee a fair hearing in the Senate before rejecting the choice along partisan lines.

“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice,” said McConnell in a statement. “Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

The Senate’s number one Dem followed up with a warning for Republicans not to block Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, claiming such an action would be an abdication of their duties.

“Pursuing their radical strategy in a quixotic quest to deny the basic fact that the American people elected President Obama – twice — would rank among the most rash and reckless actions in the history of the Senate. And the consequences will reverberate for decades,” claimed Senator Harry Reid

Immediately afterwards, signs that Republican unity was wavering could be found.

“I think we fall into the trap if just simply say sight unseen, we fall into the trap of being obstructionists,” North Carolina’s Republican Senator Thom Tillis said, “If he puts forth someone that we think is in the mold of President Obama’s vision for America, then we’ll use every device available to block that nomination.”

Finally, GOP Senator Dean Heller, also from Nevada, is backing the Progressive power play, adding a new twist.

“The chances of approving a new nominee are slim, but Nevadans should have a voice in the process. That’s why I encourage the President to use this opportunity to put the will of the people ahead of advancing a liberal agenda on the nation’s highest court,” Heller said, adding “Should he decide to nominate someone to the Supreme Court, who knows, maybe it’ll be a Nevadan,” Heller said, in an apparent reference to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.

Sandoval is a former U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada judge. Prior to that, he was the Nevada’s Attorney General.

I wonder if any of these nit-wits have considered looking at someone who’ll ‘support and defend the Constitution,’ instead of trying to avoid looking bad to members of the opposite party?

Five Funeral’s Obama Did Attend

The White House says President Obama won’t be attending the funeral of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The supposition is that it’s because he’s a ‘secret-Muslim.

However, his attending funerals have nothing to do with whatever religion he does or doesn’t submit too. It does however have to do with his political ideology; after all there are five funerals he did attend.

  • Reverend Clementa Pinckney, a Democratic state senator for South Carolina, who lost his life on June 17, 2015. Despite never having met Pinckney, Obama delivered his eulogy.
  • Former Democratic House Speaker Tom Foley, who passed away October 18, 2013. Obama spoke at the man’s funeral.
  • Senator Daniel Inouye, a Democrat from Hawai’i, who passed away December 17, 2012. Obama openly wept over the Progressive senator.
  • Senator Robert Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia, who died June 28, 2010. Despite Byrd’s ties to the Ku Klux Klan, Obama gave a speech at the ceremony, calling the late senator his friend.
  • Walter Cronkite, a life-long Progressive Democrat and model for modern journalists, who died on July 17, 2009. Obama spoke at the service, openly admitting that he had never met Cronkite.

It’s simple – Obama isn’t attending Scalia’s funeral because he hates the principals he stood for as a Constitutional Supreme Court Justice. The pattern speaks for itself; if you don’t believe in the same Progressive ideology as Obama, you are his enemy.

And like all megalomaniacs, when it comes to one’s enemies, he’s simply washed his hands of the man.

The BLM Doesn’t Discriminate; Land is Power

A dozen or so years before Cliven Bundy faced down armed agents of the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights, Nevada rancher Raymond Yowell watched as the BLM seized his herd. Adding to that insult, they’ve taken his money too since 2008.

Yowell’s 150 head of cattle had grazed for decades on the South Fork Western Shoshone Indian Reservation in northeastern Nevada until the BLM seized them. They sold the cattle at auction, using some of the money to pay off part of Yowell’s ‘back grazing fees.’

Then the BLM sent Yowell a bill for the outstanding balance, some $180,000. They’ve been garnishing the former Shoshone chief’s monthly Social Security checks ever since.

While Bundy defied the BLM over fees for grazing cattle on ‘government-owned’ land, Yowell’s cattle roamed reservation land. But a 1979 Supreme Court decision held that even land designated for Indian reservations is held in trust for them, and thus subject to BLM regulation.

The Western Shoshone have never relinquished their right to the territory and treaties led to the creation of the reservation granted to Yowell and other cattlemen the right to graze cattle on the land. He’s also sued the BLM, the Treasury Department and others for $30 million, saying he was exercising his “treaty guaranteed vested rights” to be a herdsman.

Members of the Te-Moak Livestock Association deny the land in question belongs to the federal government. They say it was never alienated under the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley.

The treaty gave certain rights to the U.S. in the Nevada Territory, but didn’t state that the Shoshone were to surrender their lands. This omission created problems for the Indian Claims Commission from the time it was established in 1946 until it was dissolved in 1978, forcing outstanding issues to be transferred to the courts.

The federal government purchased the land from the Shoshone in the 1940s, but tribal members claim they were paid cents on the dollar for the land. Also the traditional members claim the land was not for sale and they refused payment.

In 2004, the fed’s passed the Western Shoshone Claims Distribution Act, which authorized payment of $145 million for the transfer of 25 million acres to the U.S. Seven of the nine tribal councils within the Western Shoshone Nation opposed the legislation. Then on January 17, 2006, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Western Shoshone National Council against the U.S. that sought to quiet title to lands defined in the Treaty of Ruby Valley.

In 2013, Yowell represented himself in a successful effort to win a federal injunction to stop the BLM from impounding his cattle, as well as a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that reversed the lower court. He continues to represent himself, this time in a petition to have the U.S. Supreme Court hear his case, where he argues his cattle were taken without due process and in violation of multiple treaties.

As all this played out, other members of the Te-Moak Band of Western Shoshone formed the South Fork Livestock Partnership had cattle grazing on the land. The SFLP members paid the grazing fee to the BLM.

Meanwhile, the TMLA, of which Yowell is a member, quit paying permit fees in 1984 with the claim that they didn’t have to pay for grazing on land that was rightfully that of the Western Shoshone. The BLM cancelled the Association’s permit in 1989.

Yowell retired in 2006 after nearly 30 years as chief of the national council. He said he leaves most of the heavy lifting to his son these days at his ranch on the edge of the Ruby Mountains where his parents first settled in the 1930s.

As Oglala Lakota chief Mahpiua-Luta (Red Cloud) stated, “They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they kept one; they promised to take our land, and they did.”

Skepticism Surrounds Scalia’s Sudden Death

“The world might never know exactly what killed U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia,” writes Caroline Bankoff of the New York Magazine. What an odd word ‘kill’ is when it comes to a man who supposedly died in his sleep.

But then maybe because I’ve grown up with questions like, ‘Who shot Kennedy?’ I’m cynical when it comes to the death of ‘political figures.’ But in this case, I have ligit questions that need investigating.

Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in West Texas at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a resort in the Big Bend region south of Marfa. Compliant media outlets like The Washington Post immediately claimed it was a heart attack.

However, a heart attack can be caused by several reasons and with only one medical examiner claiming it was from natural causes, more information needs to be sought. In fact, the coroner in this case, a Presidio County Judge named Cinderela Guevara contradicted news reports saying Scalia die of a heart attack, but rather of a ‘myocardial infarction.’

A myocardial infarction in the simplest terms is the destruction of an area of heart muscle as the result of occlusion of a coronary artery. This raises my question — what caused this destruction?

We’ll never know because an autopsy was never performed. In fact, Scalia was pronounced dead over the phone after Guevara “consulted with Scalia’s personal physician and sheriff’s investigators, who said there were no signs of foul play.”

In other cases, such as an unattended death or murder – the Ector County Medical Examiner out of Odessa, Texas would have been called. At 170 miles from Presidio County it’s the closest county with a licensed medical examiner.

This and other facts have started to emerge which leave at nearly 75-percent of people questioning what happened according to at least one poll. After all, the ranches owner, John Poindexter in an article in the UK’s Daily Mail says Scalia was found with a pillow over his head.

That alone should have set off alarm bells! And while Texas law does allow for an over-the-phone pronouncement of death, an eyes-on physical examination of the body should have been mandatory.

I’m certain that most law enforcement officials would agree with me that an autopsy in this case would be a matter of common sense.

It’s outrageous that a man of his stature wouldn’t have an autopsy to confirm cause of death. One would think his family would have insisted, but they’re ‘now’ claiming they didn’t want one.

And to make thing look even worse, in less than 24 hours, Scalia’s body was embalmed in accordance with Texas law because his remains were being flown to Virginia. This destroyed any evidence of foul play should it have it existed.

Add to this the timing of his death — and its hard not to see a conspiracy in Scalia’s passing.

Raindrop

For nearly half a year I transported the two women, from the same apartment building to same destination. Both had German accents, one was tall while the other short and blind.

The tall one, Margarete always went to the Washoe County Senior Center where she helped other seniors with their social security and other paperwork. Gertrude’s ride always ended at Washoe Medical Center where she played the piano for visitors coming through the front door.

One July morning, when the temperature was approaching the 80-degree mark, I assisted both women onto the bus. Gertrude immediately complained that it was to hot, so I offered to turn up the vehicles air conditioning.

This caused Margarete to worry that she’d get too cold. So Gertrude decided on a compromise – she’d remove her long-sleeve sweater.

Once she had it off, I noticed the strange look on Margarete’s face. She then leaned across the aisle and said something in German.

Gertrude responded in kind and then held up her left arm, showing Margarete what appeared to be a small tattoo on her forearm. They continued to talk between themselves in their native tongue.

Within minutes we pulled up in front of the senior center, where Margarete needed to be. There was a certain amount of reluctance on her part to get off the bus, but finally after chatting some more with Gertrude she got up and exited the vehicle.

After escorting her to the doorway of the building, I rushed back onto the bus, sat down in my seat and strapped in. I looked up into the overhead mirror and saw Gertrude had a small grin on her face.

Without prompting she started, “It’s a very small world.”

“It is,” I returned.

“For nearly five-years I’ve lived across the hall from that woman and not once have we spoken more than simple pleasantries to each other,” she continued, “And now this.”

I remained quiet, knowing she was already preparing to explain.

“In 1943, I was deported to Sobibór,” she stated flatly, “You know of the place?”

“Yes, ma’am,” I answered.

“There the Nazi’s gave me this tattoo – marking me as a Jew – an undesirable,” Gertrude said, “ And I now find out that Margarete was a prisoner at Sobibór too.”

“That does make it a small world,” I commented.

“Too make it smaller still – while I cannot recall her face, nor she mine from 53-years-ago, her identification number is one digit higher than mine,” she lightly smiled, “meaning she was right behind me in that awful line.”

“Oh, my,” I exclaimed, “That gives me goose-bumps.”

She grew quiet and remained so for the rest of the ride to the hospital. As was my custom, I escorted without a word inside the front doors.

Also as usual I poured myself a complimentary cup of coffee, and then spent a few minutes listening to Gertrude warming up on the keyboard. It was at that moment that I truly felt the old woman’s inner sadness as she began playing Chopin’s “Raindrop” prelude.

And for the second time that early morning, I felt the tingle of goose-bumps as they effortlessly rushed over my skin. Then I left early, fearful that someone might see my eyes filling with tears and I’d have to explain.

Asshat

It began innocently enough with a short news item that I’d written and posted on Facebook…

FORGETTING THE CONSTITUTION: Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee are disagreeing on the Supreme Court nomination process in an election year. Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said it is “standard practice” not to confirm nominees during presidential elections. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said waiting would be a “dereliction of duty.”

Eric Taylor: Last time a SCOTUS justice died while still on the bench, they had a new one in less than a month (2005.) Reagan also appointed Justice Kennedy during his lame duck year in 1988. That’s the “standard practice” GOP asshats are nothing if not brazen hypocrites.

Me: The most recent declaration that there should be no new Justice’s appointed until a new President was elected came from Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer in 2007. So before calling anyone an asshat you need to know what the hell you’re talking about.

Eric Taylor: The problem with that narrative of yours is that there were no SCOTUS openings in 2007. Alito got appointed in 2006 and there were no more openings until 2009. I’m not sure if Schumer said that or not (I can only find citations from right-wing nut job websites), but if he said it in 2007, it meant precisely squat because there wasn’t actually an opening on the court, or any nomination pending.

Me: Here I presented evidence in the form of a YouTube Video entitle, “Senator Schumer on Roberts and Alito (https://youtu.be/tkRZVE3aDm8) And please don’t try and change the argument since you set it up.

Eric Taylor: Again, it was in 2007. No openings then so his statement was moot, at best. Also, his comment was somewhat regretful for his own votes confirming Roberts and Alito in 2005 and 2006 when they were (relatively) rushed through the nomination process by the GOP-controlled Senate. Finally, Schumer also said they should block nominees “unless there were extraordinary circumstances.” I’d say a vacancy on the court would qualify as extraordinary circumstances. In any event, while the GOP certainly doesn’t have the entire hypocrisy market cornered, they are certainly more brazen about, mostly because the lapdog media never calls them on it.

Me: Does not matter — it was stated by Schumer in 2007. Period!

Eric Taylor: Context is important

Me: Again trying to change the argument by adding something to it that wasn’t a part of the original argument.

Eric Taylor: I’m not changing anything by adding actual facts and context. Did you even read anything I wrote? I’m sorry I put some big words in there.

Me: This was the crux of your argument: “GOP asshats are nothing if not brazen hypocrites.” I countered with the fact that Schumer made the same comments in 2007, then backed it up with a video of him saying what I had claimed. You on the other hand tried to change the argument by trying to show that there was not confirmations planned, with wasn’t part of your original statement, then you added ‘ context,’ and to your argument and finally you’ve become insulting which is the true sign of a person who has no argument. You are a Progressive, through and through. So you can comment again — but I’ve proven my point and you’ll jus’ end up looking like the asshat in the end.

Eric Taylor: Through all of that you never addressed my original point and clung to your straw man argument even after I repeatedly minimized it.

Too be honest, I still don’t think he ever understood his original argument to begin with after all, both parties have their ‘asshats.’

Property is Property to the Federal Government

The fed isn’t only interested in seizing and holding state land they claim needs protection, they also go after the ‘little guy,’ as in the case of Michigan resident John Gutowski.

In 2013, federal authorities arrested Gutowski, charging him with conspiring to commit marriage fraud. The case: Too many marriage applications filed by immigrant residents living in apartment buildings he owned.

Evidently, Gutowski leased his apartments to Eastern European immigrants but the government alleged that he was actually helping them to find Americans willing to marry them so that they could stay in the country. They also confiscated over $250,000 in personal seized assets.

This goes against everything in that’s memorialized in Article IV of the U.S. Constitution: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Prosecutors were eventually forced to drop the charges. But they held on to the $250,000 in assets claiming the funds were the illicit proceeds of his ‘sham marriage operation’ though they lacked evidence. This goes to show that no criminal charges or convictions are necessary to strip you of your property.

In fact all the government needs do is show that the property was used in, or was the result of, a crime and it’s up to the owner to disprove to prove his or her own innocence. This differs from criminal law procedures where the burden of proof always rests with the government.

And under federal law and in most state laws, the law enforcement agencies that seize property get to keep and spend the proceeds. This gives them a financial incentive to seize property, even under questionable circumstances like Gutowski’s.

As Karl Marx wrote, “The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.”

Jailed Because Gun Ownership Trumps Free Speech

Online talk show host Pete Santilli, who reported on the stand-off at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, will stay in federal custody until his trial. Arrested January 26 in Burns, federal prosecutors say he was a part of the conspiracy of threats and intimidation preventing federal employees from doing their jobs during the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Santilli used his Internet radio talk show to rail against government conspiracies and injustices. As a journalist, and all the reporting, interviewing and face-to-face confrontations he did during the takeover and occupation of the wildlife refuge falls under free-speech protections in the First Amendment.

Santilli spent nearly two months in Harney County supporting the wildlife refuge occupiers’ cause, but also expressing disagreement with the takeover and occupation. He’s the only journalist arrested in connection with the stand-off, even though several reporters, photographers, bloggers and freelancer writers came to Harney County to report on the situation.

U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman said that Santilli’s history “does not favor detention and that the weight of the evidence cuts in his favor,” he does believes the reporters admission to owning several registered and unregistered guns poses a risk to law enforcement. Mosman claimed that he did not consider Santilli — who lives in Ohio — to be a flight risk, but admission about the guns was enough to sway the decision.

Surprisingly, the ACLU of Oregon has come to Santilli’s defense:

“While many people might disagree with statements made by those involved in the Malheur takeover, Americans have a fundamental right to freedom of speech,” wrote Mat dos Santos, the legal director for the ACLU of Oregon, in statement posted to the group’s website.

So — whose next — and why isn’t the media up in arms over this?

When a Constitutional Sheriff Stands Up

Ten days before Christmas 2014 at around 9 a.m., the U.S. Marshals Service kicked in the door of an apartment intent on evicting the people living there because the buildings’ owner, Kent Carter owed the government more than $800,000. However, federal agents didn’t count on Eddy County, New Mexico Sheriff Scott London.

Called to intervene and upon arrival, Sheriff London stood between 20-year-old Wilson Baughman, a wife and mother to a one-year old child, and the Marshals Service despite being threatened with arrest. The sheriff reminded the feds that the case was still under appeal and that Carter and Baughman deserved due process.

On February 19 the IRS auctioned off three of the owner’s homes in Carlsbad despite the fact that the appeal had yet to be heard. Court documents showed that Carter had appealed the case but hadn’t had his day in court.

One of the houses was Carter’s personal home, while the two others were rental properties. Carter and his tenants were forced to move out in December in the midst of the legal battle.

London said the IRS violated Carter’s right to due process by selling off his property, even though Carter had a pending appeal. So before the auction took place, the sheriff sent a letter to the IRS notifying the agency that he wouldn’t allow the sale to move forward without proper due process.

“Thus I am notifying you that under the compulsion to my oath to the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of New Mexico, I shall not allow the sale of these three properties on 19 February, 2015,” his letter reads in part.

After the story got out, London received letters of support from as far away as France, with many people offering to come to Carlsbad and help Carter defend his property. London said he feared a repeat of scenes like the one we saw last year in Nevada, when armed protestors clashed with the feds trying to seize Cliven Bundy’s cattle.

So he and Carter decided to back down and give in to the IRS. But while it’s too late for Carter to get his property back, London is now seeking a congressional review of the DOJ, the IRS, and all the judges involved in the case.

The Oregon Land Battle Goes On

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to close 164 miles of logging roads by using heavy machinery to re-contour some, decommissioning another 109 miles, and allowing 55 miles to return to a natural state on their own in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument area east of Ashland, Oregon.

The BLM claims culverts and drainage ditches are failing, allowing sediment and other debris to wash into the local watersheds. The agency also says that many of the roads proposed for closure are all dead-end logging spurs that branch off from more-traveled routes.

The 2014 Oregon Gulch fire burned more than 35,000 acres in Oregon and California, including part of the area. Over the years, many of the roads have been kept open so firefighters would have access to battle blazes and because they serve as fire breaks.

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument area was created by President Bill Clinton in 2000 to protect the Cascade, Klamath and Siskiyou mountain ranges convergence. Pilot Rock is inside this area, as is as a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Meanwhile, the BLM has added thousands of acres to the area since its creation by acquiring (and not necessarily purchasing) private lands though it doesn’t have the budgetary finances to maintain what acreage it does have in its holdings.

More High Desert Goes Federal

The take-over of the Malheur National Wildlife Reserve near Burns, Oregon, may have ended but the federal land grab continues.

President Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of Southern California desert. In all, he will name three specific regions national monuments — Mojave Trails, Castle Mountains (both in the Mojave Desert) and Sand to Snow in the Sonoran Desert.

It’s a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region’s fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others. The designations will also connect Joshua Tree National Park, the Mojave National Preserve and 15 other federal wilderness areas.

The designations nearly double the amount of public land that Obama has designated as national monument status since taking office. Meanwhile the Commander-in-Thief is in California this week for a fundraising tour.

My Time as a Mortician-assistant

One of the many part-time jobs I’ve had over the years was that of mortician’s assistant. Much of the job required me to be on-call at all hours of the day to pick up dead bodies from nursing homes, hospitals, private homes and the occasional crime scene or car wreck.

The hours, though difficult at times – like a full moon – were easy to get beyond and the pay was more than generous. But the hardest part of the job came when it was my turn to tend to preparing remains.

One morning I was called up to both pick up and prepare the body. I wasn’t emotionally ready for the sight of an eight-month old child, but I carried on, getting the job finished in a more than timely fashion.

For the next week I could not get that sweet, little baby’s face out of my mind. I dreamed it to the point that I had nightmares.

After two-weeks of sleepless nights brought on by this tiny one’s death led me to realize this job wasn’t something I wanted to do for a living – even part-time.

Brain Freeze

While en route to Las Vegas, I had to stop to fill up my trucks gas tanks and empty my coffee-strained bladder. After fueling up, I raced to the public restroom.

Already there were three people, each one occupying one of the four stand-up urinals. This included a grandfather, his grown son and his grandson of about 11 years in age.

As I sidled up to the empty stall, I heard the grandpa say to his boy, “It sure is cold.”

Chuckling, the young man responded to the obvious joke, “Yup, and deep too.”

The pair snickered at their hilarity, jus’ as the grandson piped up, “Ohh – brain freeze!”

I laughed so hard that I damned near pee’d on myself.

The Word IS ‘Terrorist!’

Time and time again — I’ve heard newscasters ‘ripping and reading’ the Associated Presses ‘FBI verses Apple’ story saying, “the San Bernardino Shooter.” It should be “…the San Bernardino TERRORIST.”

Syed Farook is a TERRORIST; his wife is a TERRORIST!

If he were jus’ a “shooter” at a post office, a “shooter” at a high school or the Uber “shooter,” the FBI wouldn’t give a crap about his iPhone and this wouldn’t be a story. It’s time to think, and rewrite where necessary, because words really do matter.

Oh My Gosh! I’m Viper!

Having hit my teens in the early 70s, I often used comic books to escape from the worry of the Vietnam War, riots as seen on TV, Watergate and gas rationing. It was nice to read some form of cheap ‘fantasy’ and tune out the real world.

Those were the days when you would go to the local neighborhood grocery store, mine was the Woodland Villa Market, and there on the metal turnstile rack would be anything from the old standard favs of Superman, Batman, Spiderman and Captain America to the less popular G.I. Combat, Sgt. Rock, The Unexpected, or Plastic Man. Today, you literally have to go to a book store to find a comic book – or subscribe to them like one would for any magazine.

One of my favorites was Weird War Tales, published by DC Comics. The anthology series came with supernatural overtones with horror, mystery, fantasy and science fiction elements – and was “perfect for a growing adolescent mind,” as my old man would say.

Recently, I went to Barnes and Noble to have a look around and I happened upon the January edition of Captain America. In it, a super-villain named Viper complaining about American exceptionalism and saying, “Someone has to make America marvelous again.”

Kind of sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Viper also has the audacity to whine about “overreaching government” and even asks, “Where in the constitution is anyone promised clean air, anyhow?”

It leaves me wondering — when did I become the enemy of Captain America?

For that answer one has to go back to August 1973, where Captain America was battling a conspiracy that led all the way to the White House. In the end, the head of the evil Secret Empire was then-president Richard Nixon, who killed himself, preferring not be captured.

 

Good thing I still have a trunk full of Weird War Tales to help me escape this adult world of twisted propaganda.

Jus’ Add the Call Letters

Why do some radio and TV personalities include the call letters or channel number with their names on Facebook? Do they think that is how people identify them.

Has some consultant told them this is good for their career? Don’t these personalities think they can stand on their own without adding the channel number or call letters to their own name.

It’s a silly practice.

Options

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been on the go. In fact, I’ve always craved adventure and activity of all sorts.

However, as I’ve grown older, I’ve discovered that some of the things I’ve survived have left their mark. The biggest mark in this case is my broken back.

Along with this come the usual aches and pains in and around the fracture site. But also because of this, my neck, shoulders and legs hurt from time-to-time.

It is with some hesitation that I share this as recently I added another pain in which I could bemoan. I’ve severely pulled (or even torn) my groin muscles and this is a hurt, though temporary, is one that I truly despise.

My philosophy about adventuring out into the wilds is much like my philosophy on life: I plan to do so for as long as I can walk and breathe. The moment I decide to give-up outdoor activity is the day my body id delivered to the undertaker.

That being said – I took a chance by rock-hopping some 50-plus feet above level ground. It nearly cost me everything as I stepped on some loose gravel and found myself without footing and rushing towards the edge of a drop-off.

Not one to readily panic, I flattened myself out onto my stomach and spread my legs as wide apart as possible while trying to find even the tiniest finger-hold to halt my decent. Somehow, I slowed and was able to grip a rough area in the rock’s surface using only a couple of my fingers on my right hand.

That was enough exertion to stress the muscles in my forearm, something that bothered me for a day or two. However, going spread-eagle really did a number on my crotch.

The burning sensation of a pulled muscle was nearly immediate – but far less painful than the alternative of falling. So, in essence and while it might sound like I’m complaining, I’m actually very happy to feel the hurt brought on by this newest injury.

It tells me that I am alive.

It also reminds me that I am not as young as my brain tends to trick me into thinking that I am. I’m also reminded that while surrendering to old age and aches and pains is not an option – being more careful while on trail is one option I cannot afford to overlook.

The S.S. United States to be Restored

There may still be hope for the S.S. United States as Crystal Cruises has signed a purchase option to restore the historic ocean liner and bring it back into service. The option commits Crystal to cover the costs of preserving the ship while undertaking a technical feasibility study, expected to be completed by the end of 2016 at an estimated $60,000 a month.

Known as “the Big U” and “America’s Flagship,” S.S. United States has a history that harkens back to the golden age of ocean liners. Before its retirement in 1969, the SS United States was the most glamorous and elegant ship in the world, having transported four U.S. presidents, international royalty, many of Hollywood’s “golden era” celebrities, as well as a million passengers.

I also have a personal history with this vessel, as it was the ship that carried me and my parents back to America from France in late 1962.

Conceived as part of a top-secret Pentagon project during the Cold War, the S.S. United States was to be converted into a war ship and carry 15,000 troops halfway around the world without refueling, if needed. The ship is 590 feet long, about five city blocks, which is 109-feet longer than the Titanic.

Crystal plans to turn the ship into an 800-passenger luxury liner with 400 suites that measure 350 square feet. To transform the vessel — at one time, the most powerful vessel in the world, setting a record, which still stands, for the fastest transatlantic crossing in 1952 — will cost between $700 million to $800 million.

The S.S. United States Preservation Society has owned the vessel since 2011; before that, it was owned by Norwegian Cruise Line. If Crystal Cruises is able to navigate the S.S. United States through safety and environmental regulations and finance the overhaul, the ship could hit the seas sometime in 2018.

I’d love to sail aboard the S.S. United States once again.

Its in the Mail

My medication arrived via the U.S. Postal Service. The heavy plastic packaging was a mangled hole-filled mess and all but three of the 90-day supply of pills were gone, having fallen out of the severely crushed bottle.

IMG_4571

Now, I’m trying to get the prescription refilled and the VA is dragging its feet. This is bureaucracy at its finest.

Good thing I’m being treated for depression, bi-polar disorder and PTSD and not paranoia — otherwise I’d think someone was out to get me.

Jerry’s Commission

The course work seemed easy as Jerry struggled to put his life back together. At his true middle age, he found himself homeless and without family or friends.

Each day Jerry arose, dressed and walked the two and a half blocks to the library and sat a computer console to complete the assignments given by his instructors the week before. He was such a regular that many of the staff, along with the other homeless men, knew him by name.

They could count on Jerry. He had a way with people – always upbeat – the sort of guy who could place a positive spin on most any negative situation.

Rarely though did anyone ever think to ask him what ailed Jerry.

But he didn’t mind, as he knew by the end of the second year that he was doing God’s work. It was the design the Creator had laid out before him in several dreams.

The voice in his head only served to reinforce this knowledge. Jerry also had a series of experiences that he knew could only be God-driven and therefore was certain he’d met his calling.

One day Jerry opened his file from the online-university to find a note addressed to him. It was somewhat of a surprise.

“At first,” it read, “I thought you were cheating somehow. But then I watched as you studied, sitting on the edge of your cot in what you call home.”

The instructor, Mr. Armstrong, explained that Jerry was the only student he had that had ever ‘aced’ his course. At first Jerry felt indignant but then the more he pondered it, the more he knew he should wear the acquittal as some sort of badge-of-honor.

Life changed for Jerry as he continued to study. Over the six-year period, he’d gone from destitute to owning a simple home and a decent vehicle.

Jerry had also met and married the woman of his dreams. She was more than willing to put up with his erratic work hours – even having gone to work with him from time to time to show her support.

The only problem Jerry could see in his life, was that his work wasn’t a part of his true calling – the one he had dreamed of all of those years ago. But he also continually reminded himself that ‘God is in charge’ and when the time was right, all would fall into place.

After another two years, Jerry finally came to accept that perhaps his dreams were simply that – “his dreams.” Around the same time he’d also found other ways to serve God, especially through his work.

Then it happened, nearly a decade to the date of his graduation from Divinity school, Jerry’s world began to crash around him. He lost his job, finding himself unable to find another one.

This time though, he didn’t feel the fear of losing his home, wife or even his friends. No, he insisted that there was a job out there someplace for Jerry.

“Odd,” Jerry said to the guy behind him in line, “I thought I had it all.”

“So how’d you end up here?” the man asked.

Sighing heavily, Jerry began to explain, “My wife got sick but was killed by a drunk driver as she headed to work one early morning.”

“Oh, I’m sorry,” replied the man.

“Then the bank foreclosed on our home,” Jerry continued, “and because she was the only one with her name of the deed or whatever – I was left out in the cold.”

“That’s heavy man,” the other fellow said.

“Anyway, I’m starting over again – this time as an old man,” Jerry complained.

There was a long silence between the men, filled only with the harsh whispers of men down on their luck, the shuffling of worn-out shoes and the ragged breathing of men who spent to long in the cold evening air around a homeless camp’s burn barrel.

“You know,” the man behind Jerry finally offered, “God has a plan for all of us.”

Jerry glared in the direction of the man, “Don’t you ever tell me God has a plan for me! This is it and there ain’t no more!”

The silence was startling as the others in line grew instantly quiet as they waited for the homeless men’s overflow shelter to open its doors. Each man suddenly felt Jerry’s sorrow and anger co-mingle with his own.

Something Stinks in Oregon’s Malheur County

It’s odd how Bill and Hillary Clinton’s names pop up in the strangest places. This time in connection with the now-besieged Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Pulled directly from the BLM’s website:

“In September 2011, a representative from Oregon Energy, L.L.C. (formally Uranium One), met with local citizens, and county and state officials, to discuss the possibility of opening a uranium oxide (“yellowcake”) mine in southern Malheur County in (emphasis mine) southeastern Oregon. Oregon Energy is interested in developing a 17-Claim parcel of land known as the Aurora Project through an open pit mining method. Besides the mine, there would be a mill for processing. The claim area occupies about 450 acres and is also referred to as the “New U” uranium claims.

Now couple this April 23, 2015 headline in The New York Times, “Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation amid Russian Uranium Deal,” and you have the making of a great conspiracy. In a nutshell, the Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation, Rosatom wanted to expand their operations into the U.S. and needed a way in.

So, in 2013, Rosatom acquired a Canadian company named Uranium One as part of a deal which involved multiple parties. This is the same Uranium One that is now known as Oregon Energy, LLC, according to the BLM’s website.

There is more to this story than meets the eye.

Page 209, Sentence Six

Recently, someone sent me a post on Facebook inviting me to pick up the book nearest me and thumb to page 209, then share the sixth sentence on the page. I followed the instructions verbatim.

The closest book was to the left of me; Glenn Beck’s top seller, “It is About Islam.” I’ve found this is not a book to be read before bed time.

As quick as a wink, I opened the paperback to the specified page and drew my pointer finger down the required number of sentences. I quietly closed the book and set it aside, deciding not to play along.

Instead, I simply sat there and pondered the single word my sentence provided: “Apocalypse.”

Exercising My Insomnia

Insomnia is a real son-of-a-bitch! I hate it when I get so tired I cannot sleep because it causes my mind to trigger and I fall into self-pity.

Honestly — this writing is nothing but an exercise in wasted time, meant only to help me clear my mind of the clutter which ails it. Being alone much of everyday gives one time to think and re-think, then eventually over-think everything.

Late night and early morning darkness doesn’t help either. Thus, I write whatever pops into my pea-brain.

A friend told me that ought to look to the future. Unfortunately this person has little to no idea that with nothing to look forward to, the past is all I have at present.

And time is running out on me. I have lost all avenues of escaping the hole I have found myself in as I struggle to hold on to what structure remains in my miserable life.

God knows how angry I am at the destruction on of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” My anger turns to fury when I encounter idiots that are a part of the destruction.

Being easily prepossessed towards melancholia as I am – I understand how loneliness and a lack of success have worn on me. I’m tired of acting as if everything in this effed up life of mine were okay.

Obviously, it isn’t or I would be asleep now and not worried about my present state of being. And worse yet, it pisses me off that when a fracture appears in my public façade and I mention it, I hear, “It’ll be okay,” or “It can’t be that bad.”

And all I can think is, “Oh yeah?! Wanna bet?! You’re life looks pretty damned great from where I’m standing – mine’s in the shitter and worse yet – I’m the toilet paper!”

The whole damned thing makes me wonder what I’ve done wrong. In the end, I know there is really nothing wrong – I’m jus’ exhausted from a lack of sleep and I feel like bitching.

Now that that is all out of my system, perhaps I can get some shut-eye.

Getting Identified

Perhaps everyone should get themselves arrested at least one in their lifetime, that way authorities will be certain to identify you should you be found dead alongside a random roadway.

Here’s a recent article out of Northern California:

“A body found in Southern Humboldt has still not been identified. Last Thursday, on Alderpoint Road near Dyerville Loop, a resident in the area walking their dog, discovered the body alongside the road.

No identification was found on the male victim and a fingerprint test was given. Unfortunately, no name has come up in the data base and law enforcement needs help in identifying the deceased.”

Yes, I know it is a sad story– but see how my mind works?

Strongest Suites

This is my ‘ego’ speaking – but I think a couple of my strongest suites when it come to writing are ‘headlines,’ and ‘conversations.’ Some times I come up with both and nowhere to use them.

For example, I came up with a headline that I doubt I will ever use: “The Politics of Stupid.” It can easily be applied to anything life, but after several months, nothing has come to mind where I could use it.

Then there is the case of coming up with random conversation – something that generally pops into my brain while I’m doing something else and it get stuck there until I can write it down. Many times these bits-and-pieces of conversation have nothing to do with nothing.

My most recent masterpiece spawned itself while I was taking a shower. Yeah, most folks sing in the shower – I talk to myself, sometimes in the third person.

“I’m chief among morons,” he said.

Puzzled, she looked at him and asked, “Why would you say that about yourself?”

“Because it’s true,” he answered with flatness in his voice.

She didn’t respond, knowing he was in another one of his moods.

But then there are also those times when I sit at the kitchen table, cup of coffee near by and stare at a blank page in my note-book, waiting for my muse to come and tap-dance across my forehead. That’s when I come up with some of the more interesting thoughts about myself and life in general.

“All my adult life I did every manly thing I could to make up for being an overly emotional child. Now look at me – I’m physically bankrupt,” or “The more skeletons we expose from our personal closet, the more we tend to create.”

These are the times when I think, “I’ve spent way too much time alone today.”

Animal Crackers

Mary brought home some Animal Crackers. Mind, you I hadn’t tasted one in a very long time, so I couldn’t wait to pop one into my mouth.

The little biscuits come in a bag now and no longer the rectangular box with the string handle. But that didn’t matter to me as I dug into them.

A hippo – that was the first animal out of the bag. But wait I thought, “Are my hands that much bigger since the last time I had one?”

Never mind, I tossed the cracker in my mouth and started chewing. Instead of the sweet delectable goo, I found myself with a mouthful of flat, sticky dough.

This wasn’t anything at all like my childhood memory.

Alas, like so many things from kid-hood, someone in the hope of making a better, healthier or profitable product had vanquished another small pleasure in life. Half-chewed, I pulled the paste from my mouth and offered it to our chow-hound Lab.

Even he turned his head away, not willing to sample the food he had been so heartily begging to be given. So I dropped it, along with the remaining bag of cookies in the garbage can.

Being a grown up shouldn’t have to be so disappointing.

Rain Showers of Success

Thank goodness for notebooks. My mind is a cluttered mess and if it weren’t for spiral notebooks, I’d really be jammed up in the thought department.

“I…I…I…,” is how I want to begin every sentence as I write. I don’t want to sound conceited – but at this hour of the morning I am being very single-minded.

Last night I went to bed very depressed. A friend of mine has moved forward with light speed into broadcasting, while I’ve languished over the past two years-plus without employment.

It is beyond my understanding how all this works. Some people find success or it finds them – while others like me seem to fail at every turn.

Then I have a friend, who out of her kindness reminded me that God has a plan for me. She instructed me to talk to God about this situation.

This pissed me off even further. I cannot for the life of me fathom why God wants me to sit on the sideline like this when he knows a man must work to be worthwhile to his family, society and himself.

It is my nature to see the rain clouds before it begins to pour. But once it starts pouring, I cannot help but notice that which is affecting me the most; the rain.

So far, in the last couple of years, all I have are rain showers when it comes to success.

Broken Diving Watch

In a junk drawer, I found my old diving watch from my service days. Odd how an inanimate object can make me feel so nostalgic.

002

Damned thing’s broken, useless, has been for years. But I jus’ can’t seem to throw it out.

Reminds me of my younger, bolder days. Reminds me of the person I was and the person I want to be.

 

It reminds me that I’m out of my depth.

Its Fear Which Leads to Loss of Liberty

It is both interesting and sad to see people willingly giving up their civil liberties when they have done nothing wrong. For instance, a man, who was openly carrying a weapon in a Bridgeport, Connecticut restaurant and store, recorded a confrontation with police officers requesting his gun permit which he repeatedly refused to produce.

The site hosting the video asked if it were harassment by law enforcement. After watching it, I felt compelled to respond.

“The question comes down to ‘probable cause.’ What probable cause does the officer have to even ask such a question,” I wrote. “Did the permit holder do something that can be construed as illegal? If not, there is no ‘probable cause.’ Thus, this technically violated the 4th Amendment as to illegal search.”

Immediately someone chimed in, “It is like asking for your driver’s license…I don’t think it is harassment.”

I replied, “An officer can only ask you for your driver’s license if they have pulled you over for a suspected violation or if you are involved in an investigation and they need to verify who you are.”

“What about road side checks? Might want to brush up on your case law,” some one else posted in response to my comment.

Another commenter posted, “He didn’t ask to search him, no different than being asked for ID! Wake the hell up! It needs to be done!”

No, but they asked him to produce the permit under the color of authority. So the word ‘search’ in this case is, “An examination of a man’s house, premises or person, for the purpose of discovering proof of his guilt in relation to some crime or misdemeanor of which be is accused.”

It’s obvious that when it comes to protecting one’s civil liberty, many people are too fearful to stand up to authority. The idea of being detained/arrested is too much for them to handle.

As Benjamin Franklin stated, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

When Obama Mocks

“As we focus on destroying ISIL, over-the-top claims that this is World War III just play into their hands.” – President Obama, SOTUS, January 12, 2016.

So that we are very clear on this, it’s like when he mockingly said, “The 80s are calling and they want their policies back,” to Mitt Romney during the 2012 election cycle and a few months later Russian invaded Ukraine. And the day before Daesh (ISIS) claimed responsibility for killing 130 people in Paris, Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos the terror organization had been “contained.”

“From the start our goal has been first to contain, and we have contained them,” he said, adding, “What we have not yet been able to do is to completely decapitate their command and control structures. We’ve made some progress in trying to reduce the flow of foreign fighters.”

He has made fun of those who’ve been against his position and policies from the very start of his presidency. Things like closing Guantanamo Bay, supporting the Arab Spring, continued relationships with the Muslim Brotherhood, saying that Islam is a religion of peace and claiming that a video started a riot in Benghazi which left four American’s dead.

“Here’s what happened. … You had a video that was released by somebody who lives here, sort of a shadowy character who — who made an extremely offensive video directed at — at Mohammed and Islam,” Obama told former show host David Letterman.

And as we’ve all learned as these last seven years have churned along — that when Obama mocks something – it is either going to or already has begun. Make no bones about it, World War III is underway.